A “Consent Order” is a written document used to settle a case before the Commission. In a Consent Order, both the Commission and the Respondent agree and consent to settlement terms which include:
- admissions of violations by the Respondent
- findings of fact
- conclusions of law and
- sanctions, which may include: imposition of civil penalties, late filing fees, and/or administrative fees, remedial actions to be taken, oral or written statements to be made or issued, cease and desist language, prohibition of actual or threatened violations, or the ordering of actions necessary to correct cited deficiencies and a waiver of any appeal rights.
Consent Orders must be signed by the Respondent and received by the Commission staff not later than seven (7) days prior to the date the case is scheduled to be heard before the Commission, unless the Executive Secretary has approved an extension of time.