No. The investigating officer is the City Attorney or his/her designee and the hearing officer is the Municipal Judge. The only other involved persons are the aggrieved person, respondent and any potential witnesses or legal counsel.
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Any person within the City limits who has four or more employees, who sells real estate or rents housing with more than four units, or who offers goods, services, facilities or accommodations to the public must comply with the amendment. The governmental entity of the City of Manhattan must also comply with the amendment.
However, the ordinance does not apply to a religious organization; a nonprofit fraternal or social association or corporation; a school, university or school district; the Riley County Police Department; or another governmental entity.
The Amendment does not require any employer or public accommodation to provide a separate facility for any individual or to otherwise physically alter any existing restroom or changing facility.
The Amendment does not prohibit any employer or public accommodation from addressing issues that may arise from any person’s misuse of restrooms and changing facilities that are not based upon discrimination.
If you believe that you have been discriminated against on the basis of race, sex, familial status, military status, disability, religion, age, color, national origin or ancestry, you or your attorney can contact the EEOC or the Kansas Human Rights Commission.
You may appeal to the City’s Hearing Officer. The City’s Hearing Officer will review the evidence from the City’s investigator and each party and make a determination of whether discrimination occurred. The Hearing Officer’s decision can be appealed to the District Court.
The ordinance is in effect as of November 1, 2016. The City can only accept discrimination complaints on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity for discrimination that occurred after the ordinance’s effective date.