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Performance Appraisals: Iowa

Performance Appraisals requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Stuart R. Buttrick and Tareen Zafrullah, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP


  • Iowa law provides access to personnel files for employees. See Employee Access to Personnel Files.
  • Employees may file claims of blacklisting, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Employers have a number of defenses to these claims and are immune from civil suit for the reasonable, good faith provision of information to prospective employers. See Employer Liability Regarding Performance Appraisals.
  • Iowa has laws requiring equal pay for equal work and prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of age, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion and disability. See Performance Appraisals and Discrimination.