On Jan. 12, 2021, lawyers for powerlifter JayCee Cooper officially filed charges against USA Powerlifting (USAPL) and USAPL Minnesota in Ramsey County Court. According to Outsports, the lawsuit alleges violations of the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA). In a news conference the morning of the court filing, Cooper said:
I don’t want anyone to experience what I and other trans athletes have and continue to experience. Having our basic human dignity and our opportunities denied because we are trans.
Per the Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR),