Additional Legal Information
Important! Please read the following before filing a complaint.
What you need to know about the law as you decide whether or not to file a complaint.
The Dubuque Human Rights Ordinance:
- Prohibits discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodation, education, or credit.
- Prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, gender identity, age, family status (in housing only) or marital status (in credit only).
- Requires that a complaint must be filed within 300 days of the alleged discriminatory action.
- Requires that the discrimination occurred within the city limits of Dubuque
- Establishes that the Commission operates as a neutral, objective law enforcement agency.
- Permits any person who believes that they have been discriminated against in violation of the ordinance to file a complaint with the Dubuque Human Rights Commission.
Legal Grounds for ComplaintsIn order for the Human Rights Department to take legal action, the different treatment that occurred must have occurred because of a person's race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or family status (in housing), or marital status (in credit). It also is illegal to retaliate against someone who takes action to protect these rights.
Residents who feel they have been discriminated against by city staff have two options to pursue:
Complaints against City Departments
1) They may file a grievance with the Community-City Relations Committee (CCRC). The CCRC provides a forum for citizen input into the development of City Department policies and procedures, assuring that they continue to be free from racial or other prejudices. In addition, the CCRC provides an arena where citizens can bring their complaints when they believe a City Department has violated their civil rights or when they believe City personnel have exhibited discriminatory behavior toward them because of their sex, religion, race, creed, color, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or retaliation. You may also report a concern online.
2) They may also file a civil rights complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. We strive to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest and maintain the public's faith in the objectivity of the complaint process. If you have a complaint against a City department, you may file a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. Consequently, we do not investigate legal civil rights complaints against other City departments.