File A Complaint
File a Complaint
To file a complaint electronically, please use the links below (We recommend use of Internet Explorer when completing these forms):
Housing Intake Form
Non-Housing Intake Form
(For Employment, Credit, Education and Public Accommodation)
An Authorization for Release of Information is also required to file a complaint with our agency. Please complete the form, linked here, and return it with your completed Intake Form.
You may submit completed forms to our office via email at email@example.com.
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The Complaint Process refers to the progression that begins once an individual fills out an intake form in regards to an alleged discriminatory event and ends once the case is closed or a finding is made.
Filing Guideline Facts:
- There is no cost involved in filing a complaint of discrimination.
- You do not need to have an attorney before you file.
- The Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission will not act as your lawyer, recommend an attorney, or give you legal advice.
- Anyone may file a charge of discrimination as long as certain conditions are met.
- Parents or guardians may file on behalf of their minor children.
- Discrimination complaints may be filed against an employer, employment agency, labor organization, educational institution, property owner, landlord and/or any business or facility open to the general public.
- All inquiries and complaints are confidential.
- Discrimination complaints in the area of Education, Employment, Credit or Public Accommodation must be filed within 300 calendar days of the last discriminatory incident.
- Discrimination complaints in the area of Housing must be filed within one year of the last discriminatory incident.
- The complaint must state a legal basis for the discrimination. Simply saying that someone discriminated against you or does not like you is not enough.
- A formal Charge of Discrimination must be signed and filed by the person making the allegations. Anonymous complaints cannot be filed or investigated.
- For the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission to have jurisdiction, the complaint must have taken place within the city limits of Cedar Rapids.
Important Notes To Remember:
- The Complaint form is not a formal charge of discrimination.
- It is unlawful under the laws of the State of Iowa and the laws of the United States of America to falsely claim against another person or entity.
- During the course of an investigation the complainant or respondent may request mediation of the complaint at any time prior to a probable cause determination. Mediation is not undertaken unless both the complainant and respondent agree to participate. Mediation may be discontinued at the request of either party. If the complainant and respondent do not reach a mediation agreement the complaint process shall continue to resolution.
**Please note that the complaint must be verified by this office before it can be officially filed. You will benefit by filing your claim as close to the alleged incident of discrimination as possible, when witnesses have fresh memories and evidence is more easily accessible. A typical case takes about two weeks to verify. However, the length of time needed can vary depending on a number of circumstances including the specific details, the complexity of the issues, and the number of other cases under investigation. If you wait until the last minute, you may lose the ability to file your official complaint within the time constraints established by law.