Civil Rights

About us

Iowa DOT Admin Building

The Iowa DOT is dedicated to creating and maintaining a well-qualified, productive and diverse workforce representative of the public it serves.

One of the Iowa DOT's strategic business initiatives is aimed specifically toward fostering an organizational climate that values diversity and inclusion. This climate is further defined as a workplace where employees respect, appreciate and value individual differences, and where the department is able to capitalize on the strengths of all employees in performing its mission through use of collaboration, and creative thinking and problem solving.

The Civil Rights Bureau is committed to providing fair and equitable access to Iowa DOT economic opportunities, programs and services.

Our organization

Sections within the Civil Rights Bureau:

  • Title VI
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE) Certification
  • Public involvement
  • ADA compliance
  • Civil rights and affirmative action


Federal and state laws prohibit employment and/or public accommodation discrimination on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran's status. If you believe you have been discriminated against, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission at 800-457-4416 or Iowa Department of Transportation's affirmative action officer. If you need accommodations because of a disability to access the Iowa Department of Transportation's services, contact the agency's civil rights/ADA coordinator, Tonnette Harris in the Civil Rights Bureau, 800 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50010 or at 515-233-7970. TTY/TDD: 515-239-1514