Iowa Office of Ombudsman

File a Whistleblower-Retaliation Complaint

For purposes of an Ombudsman investigation under Iowa Code § 2C.11A, a whistleblower is an employee who has reported agency actions that they reasonably believe demonstrate a violation of law or rule, mismanagement, a gross abuse of funds, an abuse of authority, or that present a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety. 


If you believe you were retaliated against for blowing the whistle, you may fill out this form. For more information about the Ombudsman’s role in whistleblower-retaliation complaints, click here.


Use the complaint form below to file a whistleblower-retaliation complaint with the Ombudsman’s Office.

Note: The Ombudsman typically keeps the identities of complainants confidential when it is possible to investigate a complaint without naming the complainant.

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Preliminary Questions
Personal Information
Complaint Details
Are you a state employee?:
Are you covered by a collective bargaining agreement?:
Are you a merit system employee?:
Did you blow the whistle to a human resources employee in your agency, a state lawmaker, the Ombudsman, or any public official or law enforcement agency?:
Have you been discharged, denied an appointment or proposed appointment, or denied a promotion or proposed promotion as a result of your whistleblowing?:
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