123:1-49-08 Hearing.

(A) Any hearing ordered by the state equal employment opportunity coordinator pursuant to rule 123:1-49-07 of the Administrative Code shall be held by a hearing officer who may be an employee of another agency or who may be an employee of the equal opportunity division of the department of administrative services.

(B) The hearing officer shall schedule the hearing for a convenient time and place and shall conduct the hearing so as to bring out pertinent facts, including the production of pertinent documents. The complainant, his or her representative, and representatives of the agency at the hearing shall be given the opportunity to examine witnesses who appear and testify.

(C) The hearing officer shall have the power to regulate the course of the hearing; limit the number of witnesses whose testimony would be unduly repetitious; and exclude any person from the hearing for contumacious conduct or misbehavior that obstructs the hearing.

(D) The hearing officer shall request the agency to make available as a witness at the hearing any employee requested by the complainant when he or she determines that the testimony of the employee is necessary. The hearing officer may also request the appearance of an employee of any state agency whose testimony he or she determines is necessary to furnish information pertinent to the complainant under consideration. The hearing officer shall give the complainant his or her reasons for the denial of a request for the appearance of employees as witnesses and shall insert those reasons in the record of the hearing. An agency to which a request is made must make its employees available as witnesses at a hearing on a complaint when requested to do so by the hearing officer. Any agency who has not allowed the employee to testify must state the reasons in writing for the hearing officer. An employee of an agency shall be in pay status during the time he or she is made available as a witness. The agency shall be billed by the equal opportunity division for expenditures involved in the hearing.

(E) The hearing officer shall issue a written report and recommendation to the agency and state equal employment opportunity coordinator within a reasonable period of time but no later thirty days from the date of the hearing. The agency may approve, reject or modify the recommendations of the hearing officer and report its action to the complainant and the state equal employment opportunity coordinator. The state equal employment opportunity coordinator may take any of the dispositive actions set forth in subsections (1), (2) or (4) of paragraph (C) of rule 123:1-49-07 of the Administrative Code and issue a written decision pursuant to paragraph (D) of rule 123:1-49-07 of the Administrative Code. There is no right to a hearing before the state equal employment opportunity coordinator or the equal opportunity division.

Effective: 03/28/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/17/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: RC 124.09(A)
Rule Amplifies: RC 124.04(O)