The Ames Human Relations Commission's (AHRC) jurisdiction covers discriminatory actions against a person because of his or her race, ethnicity, national origin, color, creed, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender, physical disability, age (employment and credit only), familial status (presence of children, for housing only), marital status (credit only), or developmental disability (not applicable to credit). Click here to download the AHRC brochure.
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The commission issues reports, conducts educational activities, and participates in and/or sponsors community events that promote good will among various racial, religious, and ethnic groups and minimize or eliminate discriminatory practices. Prepares and submits annual report to Council. Receives, investigates, and determines the merits of discrimination complaints. Generally meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m.
Human Relations Commission Investigative & Conciliation Officers
Members shall serve as staff to the Human Relations Commission. Commission conducts initial investigation of complaints regarding discriminatory practices. Meetings are scheduled when necessary.
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Human Relations Commission Hearing Officers
Persons appointed must be educated in the law. Commission conducts hearings to determine probable cause upon complaints filed with the Human Relations Commission. No meetings.
Human Relations Complaint Form
If you feel that you have been discriminated against in Ames, you may file a discrimination complaint with the following agencies:
- Ames Human Relations Commission (AHRC)
You may contact the City Manager's Office at (515) 239-5101 and/ or file a human relations complaint using the Human Relations Complaint Form updated 2015. You may also want to refer to Chapter 14 of the Ames Municipal Code.
- For discrimination issues outside of Ames, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission
- Department of Housing and Urban Development