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Author: Nicholas Billman and Patrick F. Martin, Littler Mendelson, P.C.

Summary

  • In addition to the federal equal opportunity laws, Iowa employers must comply with state and local law, including the Iowa Civil Rights Act. See Disability Discrimination in Iowa.
  • The Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1965 established the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, which promotes the elimination and minimization of disability discrimination in employment. See The Iowa Civil Rights Act.
  • Iowa law prohibits solicitation of genetic testing on applicants or employees without that individual's written consent, except for some limited purposes. See Genetic Testing.
  • Iowa law prohibits an employer from requiring an HIV or AIDS test as a condition of employment for any applicant or employee. See Communicable Disease - AIDS Testing.
  • Iowa law requires that employers provide a leave of absence for pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions. See Pregnancy-Related Disability.
  • Many cities in Iowa have local ordinances which prohibit disability discrimination, including major cities such as Des Moines and Cedar Rapids. See Local Ordinances.