Iowa Civil Rights Commission

The Iowa Civil Rights Commission (ICRC) is a neutral, law enforcement agency that enforces the “Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1965.” The ICRC addresses discrimination in the following ways:
  • Case resolution through intake, screening, mediation, investigation, conciliation, and public hearings
  • Conducting state-wide public education and training programs to prevent and respond to discrimination
  • Testing to determine the existence or extent of discrimination in Iowa

Closed Complaint Cases

The following highlight the number of discrimination complaint cases processed and closed by the Iowa Civil Rights Commission by month and state fiscal year (which runs from July 1 through June 30).

Case Processing Time

Below provides information on average processing time in days for complaint cases processed and closed by the Iowa Civil Rights Commission by month and state fiscal year (which runs from July 1 through June 30).

What is processing time?

Processing time is the number of days between the date a case was opened (i.e., date ICRC receives a signed or verified complaint) and the date it was closed.  The process allows for time to gather more information from all parties, and possibly mediation and a public hearing.  An outline of the complaint process is available on ICRC's website.

Case Closure

The charts below summarize complaint cases processed and closed by ICRC for each closure type.  The number of closed cases are displayed by fiscal year for the major closure types which comprise over 80% of the total cases.

Protected Areas

Discrimination is prohibited in the areas of employment, housing, credit, public accommodations (public services and buildings), and education.  These charts summarize the counts of cases processed and closed by ICRC for each protected area by fiscal year.  Learn more about each protected area on ICRC's website:

Protected Classes

Discrimination and harassment are illegal if based on actual or perceived race, skin color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical disability, mental disability, age (in employment and credit), familial status (in housing and credit), or marital status (in credit).  A summary of protected classes and areas of protection can be found on ICRC's website.  These charts summarize the counts of cases processed and closed by ICRC for each protected class by fiscal year.