24.8.220 FINDING OF REASONABLE CAUSE OR NO REASONABLE CAUSE AND FINAL INVESTIGATIVE REPORT
(1) Within 120 days (for cases filed pursuant to 49-2-305, MCA) or 180 days (for all other cases, pursuant to 49-2-504, MCA), the Human Rights Bureau will conclude its informal investigation by issuing a written finding in a final investigative report. The finding will include a brief statement of the reasons for the Human Rights Bureau's conclusions and will be mailed to all parties.
(a) If any or all of the allegations of discrimination contained in the complaint are supported by a preponderance of the evidence, the Human Rights Bureau will issue a finding of reasonable cause and the complaint will be certified for hearing, pursuant to 49-2-505, MCA.
(b) If none of the allegations of discrimination in the complaint are supported by a preponderance of the evidence, if the Human Rights Bureau determines that the complaint is untimely, or if the Human Rights Bureau determines that it lacks jurisdiction over the complaint, the department will issue a finding of no reasonable cause. A finding of no reasonable cause will be accompanied by a notice of dismissal and right to sue in accordance with ARM 24.8.403. After a receipt of a notice of dismissal and right to sue, a charging party may continue the administrative process by filing objections with the commission or discontinue the administrative process and commence proceedings in district court as provided in 49-2-511, MCA.
History: 49-2-204, 49-3-106, MCA; IMP, 49-2-305, 49-2-504, 49-2-505, 49-2-511, 49-3-315, MCA; NEW, 2002 MAR p. 2908, Eff. 10/18/02; AMD, 2008 MAR p. 2636, Eff. 12/25/08.