When IRRC administratively closes a case (decides not to investigate), they withhold the evidence sent to them by the business from the victim. Instead they send their assessment of the evidence. This can prevent victims from proving their case within their appeal, as it did in my case.
Although Iowa Admin. Code r. 161—3.12(1)(f) If the information indicates a “reasonable possibility of a probable cause determination or the legal issues in the complaint need development” the Commission will “screen in” a case for further investigation.
Here is how ICRC’s process adversely affected my case after filing a complaint against Lockwood Café and neighboring non-profit Reliable Street on April 29, 2022:
On August 3, 2022 ICRC administratively closed my case (decided not to investigate). Instead of sending me the evidence that the businesses sent to them (e.g. text messages), ICRC sent me their their assessment of the evidence. Had they sent me the evidence at that time, I could have easily proved that Lockwood Café Employee #1 lied about me in order to get me kicked off the property, and that someone (either her or the Owner of Lockwood Café) tampered with evidence in order to convince ICRC that I was a sexual predator when in fact I was the victim of very damaging allegations which – especially as a transgender woman – jeopardize my safety.