The Idaho Human Rights Commission (IHRC) enforces the Idaho Human Rights Act. The IHRC has the authority to initiate, receive, and investigate discrimination complaints, issue subpoenas, hold hearings, issue administrative decisions and orders, and enforce its orders in state court. A person alleging discrimination may also file a private lawsuit in state court. Remedies can include cease and desist orders, employment, reinstatement and promotion, lost wages, benefits, and punitive damages.
One purpose of the IHRC is to be consistent with federal laws on discrimination such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended. Therefore, the IHRC will follow federal guidelines when dealing with issues involving immigrants and immigration.