516.14  HEARINGS.
   (a)   If a conciliation agreement has not been reached within 90 days after an administrative determination of reasonable cause to believe that discrimination took place, the Commission shall serve on the respondent by mail or in person a written notice, together with a copy of the complaint as it may have been amended, or a copy of the letter of determination, requiring the respondent to answer the allegation(s) of the complaint at a hearing before the Commission or another individual pursuant to its rules, at a time and place specified by the hearing examiner or examiners after conference with the parties or their attorneys. A copy of the notice shall be furnished to the complainant and such public officers and persons as the Commission deems proper.
   (b)   A member of the Commission who filed the complaint or endeavored to eliminate the alleged discriminatory practice by conference, conciliation or persuasion shall not participate in the hearing or in the subsequent deliberation of the Commission. In the case where a member of the Commission filed a complaint and a hearing or subsequent deliberation of the Commission is required, a temporary Commissioner shall be appointed by the City Law Director.
   (c)   The respondent may file an answer with the Commission by registered or certified mail in accordance with the rules of the Commission before the hearing date. The respondent may amend an answer at any time prior to the issuance of an order based on the complaint, but no order shall be issued unless the respondent has had an opportunity of a hearing on the complaint or amendment on which the order is based.
   (d)   A respondent, who has filed an answer or whose default in answering has been set aside for good cause shown, may appear at the hearing with or without representation, may examine and cross - examine witnesses and the complainant and may offer evidence.
   (e)   The complainant, and, in the discretion of the Commission, any person may intervene, examine and cross- examine witnesses and present evidence.
   (f)   If the respondent fails to answer the complaint, the Commission may find the respondent in default. Unless the default is set aside for good cause shown, the hearing may proceed on the evidence in support of the complaint.
   (g)   Efforts at conference, conciliation and persuasion shall not be received in evidence.
   (h)   Testimony taken at the hearing shall be under oath and recorded. If the testimony is not taken before the Commission, the record shall be transmitted to the Commission.
   (i)   In a proceeding under this chapter, the production of a written, printed or visual communication, advertisement or other form of publication, or a written inquiry, or record, or other document purporting to have been made by a person shall be prima facie evidence that it was authorized by the person.
   (j)   All hearings conducted under this section shall be conducted in accordance with Chapter 119 of the Ohio Revised Code.  (Ord. 1-16.  Passed 6-20-2016.)