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.

Documenting Title VI program

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

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