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(a) If the commission on human relations determines that allegations of discrimination are not well founded, that the unlawful act or practice complained of has been satisfactorily eliminated and that further proceedings are unnecessary, or the allegations complained of are being processed or have been decided upon, to the satisfaction of the commission by another agency or court, it may order the dismissal of the complaint. It shall within five days of the determination serve notice of the order upon the complainant and respondent by personal service or registered or certified mail.
(b) The public hearing panel may also take and direct the affirmative action as in the judgment of the public hearing panel will effectuate its purposes. The powers of the public hearing panel are coextensive with the powers of the state human rights commission as set forth in SDCL 20-13-42. These powers include awarding compensation incidental to the violation other than pain and suffering, punitive or consequential damages; costs allowed under SDCL ch. 15-17 and any other appropriate relief including reasonable attorney fees for housing matters as in the judgment of the public hearing panel will effectuate the purposes of this chapter.
(c) Further, the public hearing panel may order the respondent to cease and desist from discriminatory or unfair practices and to take the affirmative action including hiring, reinstatement, or upgrading of employees with or without back pay, the referring of applicants for employment by any respondent employment agency, and the remittance or restoration of membership by any respondent labor organization.
(1957 Rev. Ords., § 2.1807; 1972 Code, § 13-34; 1992 Code, § 21.5-34) (Ord. 2700, passed 8-17-1970; Ord. 55-76, passed 6-21-1976; Ord. 51-91, passed 6-10-1991; Ord. 68-00, passed 8-14-2000)