The ordinance is patterned after the Iowa Civil Rights Commission’s ordinance. It offers protection from discrimination in the areas of employment, public accommodations, and education on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation and gender identity, age and physical, or mental disability. The ordinance also offers protection from discrimination in the area of housing on the same basis with the addition of familial status. In the area of credit protection is available on the same basis with the addition of marital status and the exclusion of mental disability. In addition, the ordinance also protects individuals who may be retaliated against because of filing an alleged charge of discrimination with the Waterloo Commission on Human Rights or for participating in an investigation and because of an association with an individual of a protected basis.
To secure for individuals within the City of Waterloo freedom from discrimination because of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation and gender identity, and mental or physical disability in connection with employment, public accommodations, housing, credit, and education; and thereby to protect the personal dignity of these individuals, to insure their full productive capacities, to preserve the public safety, health, and general welfare, and to promote the interests, rights, and privileges, of individual citizens within the City of Waterloo.
To provide for the execution within the City of Waterloo of the policies embodied in the Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1965 and in the Federal Civil Rights Act and to promote cooperation between the City of Waterloo and the State and Federal agencies enforcing those Acts.
To provide, at the local level, a Commission on Human Rights dedicated to the following: effective enforcement of this Ordinance; service as a source of information to employers, laborers, businesspersons, employees, tenants, and other citizens relative to various civil rights legislation and regulations; and active assistance to prevent and eliminate the effects of discriminatory practices.
Link to the City of Waterloo Ordinance