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Documenting Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in State Employment bannerUCLA

Iowa – Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Documentation of Discrimination


Iowa amended its civil rights statute in 2007 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, and in obtaining credit. Proponents of the amendment had been trying to include these protections in the statute since the late-1980s. Research uncovered examples of public entities discriminating against LGBT persons in the employment context within the last 20 years.

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