Employment disputes are common in the workplace and can often be settled internally. Many companies have procedures in place that make it relatively simple to raise and settle issues when they arise, but sometimes this internal system is not enough. There are occasions in which a dispute does not get settled using the company’s dispute resolution process. When this occurs, the dispute can be settled using the services of an external source that engages in the practice of mediation.
Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods like mediation utilize a third party neutral to assist in resolving the issues that may present themselves in the workplace. The mediator facilitates conversation and helps the disputing parties discuss the employment issues that separate them. Ultimately, it is up to the disputing parties to create a resolution. In mediation, the parties are empowered to craft the terms of their agreement; and if they are unable to reach a mutual agreement, they are free to pursue other dispute resolution methods, including litigation or arbitration.
Mediation is cost-effective and efficient for everyone involved. It is effective in resolving employment disputes related to allegations of:
- Discrimination or harassment
- Pay equity (e.g., equal pay)
- Disputes between co-workers
If you would like additional information or if you are ready to schedule a consultation to discuss your workplace or employment dispute, contact John Scott, Esquire at 707.747.0839 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.