Iowa Violence in the Workplace: What you need to know

Iowa law makes it unlawful to carry a concealed weapon or any loaded firearm of any kind without a permit, but one of the exceptions allows persons to go armed in their own places of business without incurring legal liability. However, employers may choose to prohibit their employees from possessing weapons on company premises (Wardlow v. Iowa Employment Appeal Board, 2011 WL 2110347 (District Court of Iowa 2011) (IA Code Sec. 724.4).
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Employers may not discharge, fail to promote, or reduce an employee's wages or benefits for actual time worked because the employee was a witness in a criminal proceeding or was a plaintiff, defendant, or witness in a domestic abuse civil proceeding. An employer that violates the law commits a simple misdemeanor. An employee whose employer violates this section is entitled to recover damages including but are not limited to, actual damages, court costs, and reasonable attorneys’ fees. The employee may also petition the court for a cease and desist order against the employer and for reinstatement (IA Code Sec. 915.23).

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