123:1-49-07 Appeals to Division.

(A) Upon completion of an investigation of a jurisdictional complaint, the agency must provide a copy of the investigation report and the determination of the agency to the complainant or the complainant's representative and the state equal employment opportunity coordinator and include a cover letter informing the complainant of his or her right to appeal the determination of the agency to the state equal employment opportunity coordinator and of the right to file a charge affidavit with the Ohio civil rights commission and with the federal equal employment opportunity commission, and of the time limits applicable thereto.

(B) The complainant must file an appeal of an agency determination with the state equal employment opportunity coordinator in writing within fifteen calendar days of receipt of the agency's determination. If the complainant fails to notify the state equal employment opportunity coordinator within the fifteen day period, the determination of the agency is final.

(C) When a complainant files a timely appeal of an agency determination with the state equal employment opportunity coordinator, the agency shall provide a copy of the investigative file and all relevant written information to the coordinator and, upon review, the coordinator may take any of the following dispositive actions:

(1) Accept the determination of the agency and deny the appeal;

(2) Remand the investigative file to the agency for further investigation. Any further investigation by the agency resulting from a remand shall be conducted according to the rules for conducting the original investigation. When further investigation is completed, the agency shall provide a copy of any revised investigation report promptly to the state equal employment opportunity coordinator and the complainant or the complainant's representative and issue a disposition of the appeal based on the revised investigation;

(3) Order a hearing pursuant to rule 123:-1-49-08 of the Administrative Code if the state equal employment opportunity coordinator considers such action to be necessary.

(4) Order the agency to take corrective action determined to be necessary or desirable to resolve the issues and to promote the policy of equal opportunity, whether or not there is a finding of probable cause.

(D) The state equal employment opportunity coordinator shall issue a written decision setting forth the coordinator's reasons for the decision and shall send copies thereof to the complainant, the complainant's representative, and the agency. When corrective action is ordered, the agency shall report promptly to the equal opportunity division that the corrective action has been taken.

(E) Any decision of the state equal employment opportunity coordinator is final. All final decisions shall be sent in writing to the agency and the complainant or the complainant's representative. The decision shall contain a notice of the right to file a charge affidavit with the Ohio civil rights commission and with the federal equal employment opportunity commission and of the time limits for filing such charges.

(F) The state equal employment opportunity coordinator may, in their discretion, reopen and reconsider any previous decision when the party requesting reopening submits written argument or evidence which tends to establish that:

(1) New and material evidence is available that was not readily available when the previous decision was issued; or

(2) The previous decision involves an erroneous interpretation of law or regulation or a misapplication of established policy.

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)