The case against the Ivy League school is highly watched, as law pundits have said it could reach the Supreme Court and destroy long-standing affirmative action admissions practices in higher ed.
In a statement Tuesday, the agency blasted Harvard’s admissions processes as a violation of Supreme Court precedent and federal civil rights law.
It pointed to Harvard admissions statistics cited in court documents.
Supporters of affirmative action fear that with the court’s new political makeup, it could strike down policies that have benefited historically marginalized groups.
And last year, voters in Washington state rejected a referendum that would have restored affirmative action there.