The West Des Moines Human Rights Commission is composed of seven residents of the City of West Des Moines who are appointed by the Mayor for a three-year term. All Mayoral appointments are subject to the approval of the West Des Moines City Council. If you are interested in serving as a Human Rights Commission member, you may request an application from the City Clerk’s office located in City Hall, 4200 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines, or download the form here.

Current members of the West Des Moines Human Rights Commission (from left to right) are: Frank Harty, Sanjita Pradhan, Ila Placsencia, Justine Morton and Bernell Edwards. Not pictured: Rich Salas and Lonnette Dafney.

WDM Human Rights Commission

The West Des Moines City Council passed the Human Rights Ordinance on December 14, 1998. The West Des Moines Human Rights Commission promotes education against discriminatory actions in the areas of:

EMPLOYMENT: Any person, employer, employment agency, labor organization, or representative thereof, to discriminate with regards to job recruitment, hiring, promotion, training, discipline, discharge, compensation, and any other privileges or conditions of employment or to withhold full and
equal services.

HOUSING: A landlord or property manager, a seller, a real estate agent or developer, a bank or other financial institution, a board of Realtors or similar association to refuse to sell, rent, lease, assign, or sublease any real property or housing accommodation, or in the terms, conditions, or privileges thereof.

PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS OR SERVICES: A provider of goods and/or services to refuse or deny to any person the accommodations, advantages, facilities, services, or privileges which are normally offered to the public, or in any way treat some individuals differently. The Human Rights Commission is an appointed body created to foster use of its programs and procedures to proclaim a public policy of nondiscrimination by:

• securing freedom from discriminatory practices,
• protecting individual dignity, insuring their full productive capacities,
• preserving the public safety, health, and general welfare,
• promoting the interests, rights, and privileges of individual citizens within the City of West Des Moines.

EDUCATION: Any educational institution to exclude a person or persons from participation in, or the benefits of, any academic, extra-curricular, research, occupational training program or activity, with the exception of athletic programs.

CREDIT: A loan company or financial institution to deny loans or to impose finance charges or other terms of conditions more onerous than those regularly extended by that creditor, to refuse loan insurance, or to require accounts to be in a spouse’s name.

Call (515) 222-3675 with any questions about the West Des Moines Human Rights Commission.

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