Iowa Diversity laws & HR compliance analysis

Iowa Diversity: What you need to know

The Iowa Civil Rights Act prohibits employers that regularly employ four or more individuals (including the state, labor unions, and employment agencies) from discriminating in employment because of age (18 years of age or older), race, creed, color, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, or disability (including AIDS) (IA Code Sec. 216.1 et seq.).
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The Iowa Civil Rights Commission enforces state and federal statutes that prohibit discrimination in employment, public accommodations, housing, education, and credit by investigating and litigating civil rights complaints. In addition, the Commission provides conflict resolution services and mediation for civil rights matters. The Commission actively educates the public to prevent discrimination, biased conduct, and stereotypes and offers a multifaceted public education program on antidiscrimination law and on the value of diversity. For sample publications and presentations, activity booklets, and best practices, go to
Last reviewed July 2016.

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