Why Do You Need Employment Law Mediation Services?Aug 16, 2023
Mediation can be used to resolve various employment and workplace disputes, including discrimination and retaliation claims, harassment complaints, wrongful termination lawsuits, EEOC Charges of Discrimination and more.
According to the data from Gitnux, 85% of US employees have experienced workplace conflict. Moreover, 56% of conflicted employees felt stressed, anxious, and depressed, while 41% became less motivated. These types of indicators can lead to claims of workplace harassment, unfair treatment and eventually lawsuits.
Organizations must seek efficient and amicable solutions that preserve relationships and promote a harmonious work environment as these disputes arise. This is where employment law mediation services by employment law attorney and mediator, Karly Wannos, can help.
This blog explores the significance of employment law mediation services and their role in transforming the workplace dispute resolution process.
What is Mediation in Employment Law?
Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process where an impartial third party, the mediator, facilitates communication and negotiation between disputing parties to help them reach a mutually agreeable resolution.
Unlike litigation, where a judge makes the final decision, mediation empowers the parties involved to control the outcome of their dispute. This approach fosters open dialogue and collaboration, often resulting in more creative solutions that address underlying issues.
When hiring a mediator for an employment or workplace dispute, it is important to retain someone who has a background in the employment laws and understands the rights and obligations of both the employee and the employer.
Situations When Employment Mediation Services are Crucial
About 29% of employees worldwide consider leaving their jobs due to conflicts, and employment mediation services aim to address these conflicts. Here are some ways mediators can help:
In industries with labor unions, negotiations between employers and employee representatives can sometimes escalate into conflicts that disrupt business operations. Employment mediation services offer a neutral platform for both parties to express their concerns, explore various options, and arrive at a compromise that respects the interests of both sides.
Cost Cutting and Layoffs
When organizations face financial constraints and are compelled to downsize their workforce, tensions can run high. Mediators help explore alternatives to layoffs, such as furloughs, reduced work hours, or early retirement options, thereby reducing the emotional toll on employees and minimizing legal risks for employers.
Establishing Employment Policies
As businesses adapt to changing regulations and societal norms, drafting and implementing comprehensive employment policies becomes crucial. Mediation services allow stakeholders, including management, HR teams, and employees, to collaboratively develop policies that are fair, inclusive, and aligned with the organization's goals.
Exercising Employees' Rights
Employees have various rights guaranteed by law, such as protection against discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination. Mediation offers a platform for employees to voice their concerns and seek redressal while avoiding the adversarial nature of litigation. Through mediation, employers can address issues promptly and demonstrate their commitment to upholding employees' rights.
Resolving Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace
Mediation services provide a safe space for victims of harassment and discrimination to communicate their experiences. It also helps perpetrators understand their actions' impact and legal consequences. This process can lead to a sincere apology, restitution, and a commitment to creating a more inclusive workplace.
Resolving Charges of Discrimination filed with the EEOC
Employment law mediators can help resolve conflicts of discrimination, harassment and retaliation alleged under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992. This is a fast and cost effective way to resolve a dispute between the parties without resulting to costly litigation and maintaining confidentiality of the issue.
Manage Workplace Conflict With The Wannos Law Firm
A reliable and experienced partner can make all the difference when navigating the employment laws and resolving a dispute through employment law mediation. The Wannos Law Firm, PA specializes in employment law mediation services, offering a team of skilled mediators who understand the nuances of workplace conflict, employment law litigation and the EEOC process.
With a proven track record of facilitating successful resolutions, The Wannos Law Firm is committed to helping businesses foster healthy working relationships and ensure compliance with employment laws.
The information contained in this article is not legal advice and does not create an attorney client relationship. Consult with an employment lawyer in your state before making any important business decisions.
The Wannos Law Firm, P.A. provides legal advice to Florida businesses. Karly Wannos is a workplace investigator for claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, Florida employment law mediator and provides training to businesses on employment laws.
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