Employment Discrimination in Iowa

Avoid employment discrimination against protected classes in Iowa.

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What are the protected classes in Iowa?

In all 50 states, federal law makes it illegal to discriminate based on:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National origin
  • Religion
  • Sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions)
  • Disability
  • Age (40 or older)
  • Citizenship status
  • Genetic information

In addition, Iowa state law also prohibits discrimination based on:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National origin
  • Religion
  • Sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions)
  • Disability: physical or mental
  • Age (18 or older)
  • Genetic information
  • Sexual orientation
  • AIDS/HIV
  • Gender identity
  • Wage discrimination

How many employees must a company in Iowa have to be subject to antidiscrimination laws?

Under federal law, companies with 15 or more employees are covered by Title VII, the primary law prohibiting employment discrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, which prohibits discrimination based on genetic information. Companies with 20 or more employees are subject to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the federal law that prohibits discrimination against employees 40 years or older. Companies with four or more employees must comply with the employment discrimination provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of citizenship status. And all companies of any size must pay men and women equally for doing equal work, by virtue of the Equal Pay Act.

In Iowa, companies with four or more employees are subject to the state's antidiscrimination law.

What government agency regulates workplace discrimination in Iowa?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency that regulates workplace discrimination. You can contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by calling 800-669-4000 or check out its website at www.eeoc.gov. The website will help you locate an EEOC field office in Iowa.

The Iowa Civil Rights Commission enforces state antidiscrimination law in Iowa. You can contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission at 515-281-4121 or 800-457-4416 or go to its website.

For more information on employment discrimination, see The Manager's Legal Handbook, by attorneys Lisa Guerin and Amy DelPo (Nolo).

Last updated on 2/01/10.

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