Response to Public Comment Over Mask and Vaccine Mandate

Iowa Civil Rights Commission
(515) 281-4121
Friday, October 1, 2021

Press Release:


The Iowa Civil Rights Commission held its regular meeting on September 24, 2021. At the meeting, there were a number of citizens who expressed concern that their civil rights may have been violated in regard to how an employer, educational institution, or business responded to their concerns related to masks and vaccine mandates. The Iowa Civil Rights Commission is a neutral fact finding and enforcement agency for the Iowa Civil Rights Act, Iowa Code Chapter 216.

The Iowa Civil Rights Act provides protection from discrimination based on a person’s religion or disability, as well as age, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, and familial status. The Iowa Civil Rights Act does not provide protection for a person’s strongly held personal beliefs, separate of one of the law’s protected classes.

The Commission would like the public to know that if they believe their Civil Rights have been violated they can contact the Commission and file a complaint. A person may file a confidential complaint online, by email, or in person. To file online go to A complaint can also be filed in person at our office at the address below.

Iowa Civil Rights Commission
Grimes State Office Building
400 E. 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0201

Anyone with questions can call the Commission at 515-281-4121 or 1-800-457-4416.