General Information

These are general questions for the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.

Is the Iowa Civil Rights Commission Neutral?

From the time the Commission receives the complaint to the time the investigation is completed and a finding by the administrative law judge has been made, the Commission is a neutral fact-finder and represents neither party.

A Guide to Disability Rights Laws (U.S. Department of Justice)

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I already have an attorney. Do I need to file with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission in order to bring suit in District Court?

Yes. For all areas, except Housing, you must first file with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. After leaving your complaint on file for 60 days, you may request a "right-to-sue letter" and take your case directly to court.

Is there any time limit to file a complaint?

Yes. You have 300 days from the date that you first found out about the discriminatory incident to file with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. Your case will also be filed with EEOC or HUD, if these federal laws apply to your case. EEOC has a time limit of 300 days from the date of the discriminatory incident; HUD has a one-year time limit from the date of the discriminatory incident.

What personal traits or characteristics are protected from discrimination?

The following personal characteristics are protected in all five areas: race, color, creed, sex, religion, national origin, physical disability, sexual orientation and gender identity. Mental disability is covered in all areas except credit.  Age is protected in employment, and credit. Familial status is protected in housing and credit. Marital status is protected in credit.

What is discrimination under the Iowa Civil Rights Act?

Discrimination is the unfair treatment of an individual because of a personal characteristic as described in the Act.

Filing a Complaint: Questions & Answers, Process, Instructions

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