On April 3, 2020, a Black Hawk County District Court Judge ruled that a legal challenge to Waterloo’s Ban the Box law was without merit and dismissed the case.
In the order, the Honorable Bauercamper said the Ordinance was lawful and did not run afoul of a state law restricting Iowa cities’ ability to limit hiring practices. Instead, Waterloo’s Ban the Box law regulates civil rights abuses by curtailing discrimination based on conviction history.
Waterloo’s Ban the Box law is set to take effect on July 1, 2020.
Previously, a Waterloo City Council member tried to repeal the Waterloo Ban the Box law by motion, which swiftly failed after no Waterloo council members joined her.
The Iowa Association of Business & Industry plans to appeal the ruling.
Meanwhile, a possible statewide Ban the Box law ban is alive in the state Legislature – now on hiatus during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic – that seeks to prohibit cities and counties from passing Ban the Box Laws.