The Montana Human Rights Commission is composed of five members of the public appointed by the governor. The purpose of the Human Rights Commission is to sit in independent judgment of complaints of alleged discrimination. It is the role of the Commission to maintain the highest standards of objectivity and impartiality in fulfilling this duty.
The Department of Labor and Industry has an administrative process with several different levels. The Human Rights Commission is the last level in the administrative process. In the most general terms, the Human Rights Commission sits in independent judgment and offers an objective perspective on the work of the Department of Labor and Industry, Human Rights Bureau and the Hearings Bureau.
Commission hearings are generally held every other month in Helena, Montana. Typically, the Commission convenes in January, March, May, July, September, and November. The November agenda is now available.
The primary function of Commission meetings are to conduct hearings on: (1) objections by a Charging Party to a determination of the Human Rights Bureau to dismiss an action and/or (2) appeals from “Final Agency Decisions” issued by the Hearings Bureau. (Process Flow Chart ) (Guide to Human Rights Laws)