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How to File a Discrimination Complaint

Important! Please read this before filing a complaint:

The ICRC receives, investigates, and resolves individual complaints alleging discrimination in violation of Iowa's anti-discrimination law, the "Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1965 as amended."

  • The Iowa Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination in 5 areas.
  • The Iowa Civil Rights Act prohibits "discriminatory practices."
  • Any person who believes that they have been discriminated against in violation of the Iowa Civil Rights Act may file with the ICRC.
  • The complaint must be filed within 300 days of the alleged discriminatory practice.
  • Filing is the first step in the complaint process.
  • The ICRC is a neutral, objective law enforcement agency.


Forms (1), (2), and (3) must be filled out when filing a complaint.

1. Contact Information in MS Word format or PDF format
2. Authorization Release Form in MS Word format or PDF format
3. Complaint Form in MS Word format or PDF format

The Complaint Form has been revised as of May 1, 2012

* Note: These forms are savable in the WORD format to your own computer as long as the version is 2003 or newer.

The information contained in this website is a brief overview and should not be construed as legal advice or exhaustive coverage of the topics.

  • Iowa Civil Rights Commission Factsheet - PDF or WORD
  • Instructions for Completing the Discrimination Complaint Form - PDF or WORD
  • Brief Outline of the Discrimination Complaint Process - PDF or WORD
  • Right-to-Sue Request Form - PDF or WORD
  • Instructions for Right-to-Sue Form - PDF or WORD
  • Amendment Form - PDF or WORD
  • Withdrawal Form - WORD
  • Cover Letter - PDF

(To file a Housing Discrimination Complaint please call 1-800-457-4416 and ask to speak to a Housing Intake Staff Person.)


Formas (1), (2), y (3) deben ser completadas para presentar una queja.

1. Informacion de Contacto en PDF* en WORD
2. Forma de Autorizacion* en PDF     en WORD
3. Forma para la queja de Discriminacion* en PDF  en WORD

  • Instrucciones para completar la queja de discriminacion en PDF o WORD
  • Breve Esbozo del Procedimiento en PDF - en WORD
  • Preguntas y Respuestas en PDF o WORD
  • Forma para enmendar en PDF o WORD

(Para presentar una queja de discriminacion en Vivienda, por favor llame al 1-800-457-4416 y pregunte por el personal encargado de aceptar las quejas de vivienda.)

  • Esbozo Breve del Procedimiento de una Queja de Vivienda en PDF o WORD