File A Complaint

Please read before filing a complaint:

The ICRC receives, investigates, and resolves individual complaints alleging discrimination in violation of Iowa's anti-discrimination law, the "Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1965 as amended."

  • The Iowa Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination in 5 areas.
  • The Iowa Civil Rights Act prohibits "discriminatory practices."
  • Any person who believes that they have been discriminated against in violation of the Iowa Civil Rights Act may file with the ICRC.
  • The complaint must be filed within 300 days of the alleged discriminatory practice.
  • Filing is the first step in the complaint process.
  • The ICRC is a neutral, objective law enforcement agency.
  • Assistance is available to either party upon request. Please contact the ICRC for help in obtaining forms, filling out complaint forms or if you have questions about questionnaires.

To file a complaint, there are three forms that must be filled out and returned to the Iowa Civil Rights Commission:

  1. Contact Information
    Provides basic contact information for the the case 
  2. Authorization Release Form
    Authorizes the release of your personal information to the Iowa Civil Rights Commission during their investigation 
  3. Complaint Form
    The official complaint used to report an incidence of discrimination 

If you have questions about the process, please first review the Complaint Process Outline.

Additional help can be found by reviewing our FAQs. Other forms you may need are available in the forms section of the site.

Please help us improve our complaint process by completing a short evaluation located at https://icrc.iowa.gov/file-complaint/complaint-process-evaluation.