Civil Rights


TITLE VI and you. . .

A subrecipient is an entity or person that indirectly receives federal financial assistance to implement a program or activity, which subjects them to Title VI compliance responsibilities. A subrecipient may include, but is not limited to, a city, county, metropolitan or regional planning organization, transit agency, college/university, contractor or subgrantee.

A primary recipient is an entity or person that directly receives federal financial assistance and/or manages a program or activity, which would subject them to Title VI compliance responsibilities. In this situation, the Iowa DOT is the primary recipient.

LEP Plan

Subrecipients and contractors must take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to LEP individuals.
Iowa DOT LEP Plan

Complaint resolution process

Subrecipients of federal financial assistance shall follow the Iowa DOT's procedure for processing discrimination complaints. Subrecipients shall accept all complaints of discrimination.

Complaints shall include:

  • The complainant(s) name, address and phone number.
  • A description of the incident that led the complainant to believe discrimination occurred.
  • The basis of the complaint (i.e., race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, income status or retaliation).
  • The date(s) on which the alleged discrimination occurred.
  • Name(s) and contact information of individuals who may have knowledge of the alleged discrimination.

All complaints shall be responded to, recorded and investigated. The records shall be maintained by the designated Title VI liaison.

Complaint forms

Complaints must be filed in person or in writing. They should be directed to:

Iowa Department of Transportation
Office of Employee Services – Civil Rights
800 Lincoln Way
Ames, Iowa 50010

Iowa DOT ensures nondiscrimination and equal employment in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other nondiscrimination statutes. If you need more information or special assistance for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, contact Iowa DOT Civil Rights at 515-239-1111 or by email at


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