If an employee has been mistreated by a direct supervisor or other members of management, there may be grounds for a lawsuit. However, prior to filing a lawsuit, it may be worthwhile for parties to engage in mediation in an effort to resolve the issues. Doing so may make it easier to obtain a fair resolution to a case in less time and without potentially damaging the relationship between a worker and a Florida company.
How mediation works
Mediation sessions are conducted with the help of a neutral party who seeks to facilitate a conversation between an employee and the other party or parties. During each session, each side is allowed to present its case without fear of being interrupted or judged for what they have to say. The mediator may pause or postpone a session if either side violates its duty to negotiate in good faith.
Mediation may resolve conflicts early
Engaging in workplace mediation may be an ideal way to ease tension and create a greater sense of harmony. This is because it provides individuals with an opportunity to express themselves in an open and honest way. Ultimately, an employer gets a chance to learn about any issues that employees are having while they are still relatively easy to rectify. Research has shown that a robust mediation policy has the potential to prevent formal grievances or lawsuits from occurring.
Mediation works best when everyone is still talking
Generally speaking, mediation doesn’t work unless everyone is willing to talk about a problem and what they need to resolve it. If either side feels that talks will not work, it may be necessary to resolve a workplace issue through arbitration or litigation.