Equity and Human Rights

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Language Line Services Available (Over-the-phone Interpretation Service for more than 170 languages)
تتوفر خدمات خطوط اللغة (خدمة الترجمة الفورية عبر الهاتف لأكثر من 170 لغة)
提供语言专线服务(超过 170 种语言的电话口译服务)
Servicios de línea de idiomas disponibles (Servicio de interpretación por teléfono para más de 170 idiomas)
Services linguistiques disponibles (service d'interprétation par téléphone pour plus de 170 langues)
Huduma za Laini ya Lugha Zinapatikana (Huduma ya Ukalimani kwa njia ya simu kwa zaidi ya lugha 170)

Human Rights Ordinance

It is unlawful to discriminate in employment, credit, housing, public accommodation and education on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition, discrimination in housing based upon race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, familial status, presence or absence of dependents, disability, gender identity or public assistance source of income is prohibited.

It is also unlawful to retaliate against a person because such person has lawfully opposed any discriminatory practice.

A person claiming to be aggrieved by an unfair or unlawful discriminatory practice must initially seek administrative relief by filing a complaint with the Office of Equity and Human Rights within 300 days of the last alleged discriminatory act. Following the filing of a complaint, office staff conducts a thorough and impartial investigation of the allegations in the complaint. The complainant or respondent may request mediation of the complaint at any time during the complaint process prior to the probable cause determination. Mediation is not undertaken unless both the complainant and respondent agree to participate. Mediation may be discontinued at the request of either party. If the complainant and respondent do not reach a mediation agreement the complaint process shall continue to resolution.

To view the Iowa City Human Rights Code, see Title 2 - Human Rights in the City Code.

File a Complaint

The staff of the Office of Equity and Human Rights investigate complaints, coordinate mediation, conduct conciliation, and enforce the provisions of the Iowa City Human Rights Ordinance contained in Title II of the City Code (and, by extension, the provisions of state and federal-level anti-discrimination laws).

Complaints of discrimination must be filed within 300 days after the most recent discriminatory event.

Call 319-356-5022 or 319-356-5015 to speak with staff or email humanrights@iowa-city.org if you have any questions.

24/7 Online submission complaint form.  

To request a PDF of the complaint form be emailed to you, please call 319-356-5022 or email humanrights@iowa-city.org.    

To request a hard copy complaint form to be sent by standard mail, please call 319-356-5022 or email humanrights@iowa-city.org.  

Report a Concern of Discrimination

If you believe that what you have experienced or witnessed is wrong, but you do not want to pursue legal remedies, you may report your concern here. We encourage you to report whatever discriminatory or disrespectful behavior you have experienced or witnessed because patterns in these reports can help us determine where we should focus our prevention efforts in the community. If you prefer to speak with someone, please call our Investigator at 319-356-5015 to discuss your concerns over the phone or to schedule a time to meet in person.

Report a Concern

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 Office of Equity & Human Rights Monthly Newsletter

The Lens is a monthly newsletter that expands conversations on equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

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