What Does The Iowa Civil Rights Commission Do?

The goal of the ICRC is to make sure that people who are involved in civil rights complaints receive a quality resolution in a timely manner.


The mission is: "Ending discrimination through effective enforcement of the Iowa Civil Rights Act."


How Does the Iowa Civil Rights Act Protect Me?

The Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1965 states that employment, housing, public accommodations, education, and credit considerations can not be based on a person's 

  • Color
  • Creed
  • Gender Identity
  • Marital Status
  • Mental Disability
  • National Origin
  • Physical Disability
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Retaliation
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation


There is a limited allowance for discrimination in the following areas:

  • Age: A person is protected from employment and credit discrimination.
  • Family Status: A person is protected from housing and credit discrimination. 
  • Marital Status: A person is protected only from credit discrimination.
  • Mental disability: A person is protected from all discrimination except credit discrimination.


The Commission serves all the people of Iowa. During a complaint process, you can expect:

  • Neutral fact-finding
  • Fairness and equality
  • Timeliness
  • Staff available to answer your questions
  • Quality written analysis of cases
  • A thorough knowledge of the job and performance of our duties
  • Well-reasoned decisions.


The Commission processes an average of 1,300 complaints each year.


The Commission does not provide legal representation.