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FileAComplaintThe Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission serves as a neutral, fact-finding, investigative agency. The commission investigates complaints of discrimination in accordance with City Code (Chapter 62) in the following areas:
  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Municipal practices
  • Public accommodations

This service is provided free-of-charge to residents in the City of Des Moines.

Live outside the City of Des Moines? These local commissions in your area can help, or you can contact the State of Iowa Civil Rights Commission for assistance.

Our staff are here to serve you Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., available over the phone at (515) 283-4284, via email at or in-person at Polk County River Place, 2309 Euclid Avenue, Des Moines, IA.

Thing to know before you file a complaint

Filing A Complaint - Step 1 - Filing

Filing A Complaint - Step 2 - Intake

Filing A Complaint - Step 3 - Mediation

Filing A Complaint - Step 4 - Investigation

Filing A Complaint - Step 5 - Litigation