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Title 9: Commerce and Trade


9 V.S.A. § 4555 Information; disclosure and confidentiality


§ 4555. Information; disclosure and confidentiality

(a) The Human Rights Commission's complaint files and investigative files shall be confidential except that the Commission shall make the investigative file available to the charging party, the respondent, their attorneys, and any State or federal law enforcement agency seeking to enforce anti-discrimination statutes, upon reasonable request. The identities of nonparty witnesses to the investigation may be revealed as part of the investigative file, upon request, unless good cause is shown to protect the witness's confidentiality.

(b) Nothing said or done as part of conciliation efforts under this chapter may be made a matter of public record or used as evidence in a subsequent civil action without written consent of the parties. Final settlement agreements shall be public documents and the parties shall be so informed.

(c) If the Commission determines that there are reasonable grounds to believe that discrimination has occurred, that determination and the names of the parties may be made public after the parties have been notified of the Commission's determination. If the Commission finds that there are no reasonable grounds to find discrimination, the identity of the parties and any information that would identify the parties shall remain confidential. The Commission shall inform the parties about the provisions of this subsection. In all cases, even if the records are confidential, the facts may be used for educational purposes if sufficiently altered so that no person involved in a case can be identified. (Added 1989, No. 89, § 6; 1995, No. 172 (Adj. Sess.), § 3.)