Mediation or Trial: Which is Better for My Employment Lawsuit?
You’re dealing with some kind of employment action on your job, and now you have a big decision to make: should you go to trial or settle your lawsuit.
Whether you’ve been discriminated against, wrongfully terminated, or mistreated while doing your job, you should consider mediation to try to resolve the dispute. Let’s talk. Employment law mediation is one of our specialties at Shapiro Mediation.
Benefits of Mediation
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) says that in 2017, just over 84,000 workplace discrimination charges were nationwide. And for the seventh straight year, workplace retaliation claims led the way, followed by discrimination based on race, disability, and sex. Others conflicts include other forms of employment discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, defamation of character, unpaid wages or overtime, denied time off (for family or medical leave, domestic issues, etc.), hazardous working conditions, and more. As experienced employment lawyers, we have mediated nearly every one of those issues. Mediation is a popular form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) – one that you should definitely consider before deciding to head to trial, and here’s why:
Mediation Will Save You Time and Money
There’s no debate – trials can be very lengthy and costly. With mediation, on the other hand, issues can typically be resolved in a day or two, or up to about 6 months. That’s far less time than litigation, where you’re potentially looking at a year or longer before the case is resolved – translating to a costly court case.
You Have More Control
Think about it – you’re negotiating your own agreement, and in the end, can decide if you want to accept it or not. You’re not at the mercy of a judge or jury, deciding your case. The mediator does not impose judgment.
Mediation Takes Away Some of the Drama
Because mediation allows both parties to discuss the issues and their needs in a private, non-formal setting, which is moderated, this could reduce friction, any resentment, and improve the lines of communications.
Another advantage of mediation over a trial better results, and there are no winners or losers. And apparently the earlier you get a mediator involved, the better. One study found that early mediation leads to better outcomes.
Call the Experienced Mediators
If you or someone you know has been involved in an employment law dispute, call Shapiro Mediation. Let’s try to get your case settled and avoid a costly trial. We offer mediation services for a variety of legal issues, and we know that most civil disputes can reach a resolution without a fight.
To learn more about what an experienced Massachusetts Mediation Attorney can do for you, call us today at (339) 298-7733 for a free, confidential phone consultation. Shapiro Mediation has two locations to serve our clients – strategically located in Massachusetts and South Florida. We offer dispute resolution services both locally and globally.