The Office of Public Hearings
The Office of Public Hearings (OPH or Office) is comprised of Human Rights Referees who are gubernatorial appointees, subject to legislative approval. The OPH functions independently from the rest of the Commission.
The OPH is responsible for scheduling and conducting all phases of the public hearing process in contested discrimination cases under the Commission's jurisdiction. The Office is also responsible for hearing whistleblower retaliation cases filed with the Chief Human Rights Referee pursuant to Section 4-61dd of the Connecticut General Statutes. Within the OPH, the Chief Human Rights Referee administers the operations of the unit and assigns cases to the other Human Rights Referees.