Conflicts with employees can be a challenge for many businesses. Whether they have filed for discrimination or wage and hour violations, your business’s profits and reputation are on the line. Many believe that litigation is the only solution, but that is not necessarily the case.
Alternate dispute resolution (ADR) like mediation or arbitration allows you and your employee to work together toward a fair solution. As the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission notes, these dispute programs must be fair, confidential, voluntary and led by a person who is not a part of the dispute being discussed. If you and your employee can reach an agreement, ADR can have many benefits for your business.
ADR can help keep conflict private.
If your business goes through litigation, your court proceedings will be a matter of public record. This can expose your business to unwanted negative publicity and damage your reputation. Mediation and arbitration keep your case out of the courtroom and allows you to keep matters private.
ADR can save your business both time and money.
Any legal challenge can damage your finances and keep you away from the work that keeps your business a success. As the American Bar Association notes, though, many dispute resolution processes save time and money when compared to litigation. This flexibility allows your business to resolve concerns while still maintaining your profits.
Mediation can give you a chance to negotiate.
What is important to your business? What would you consider a satisfying solution? Mediation allows you to sit down with your employee, discuss the issue and find a compromise that satisfies both of you. In addition, an experienced mediator may be able to help you find new solutions that you may otherwise never have thought of.
If you wonder whether ADR is a good fit for your business, consult with an experienced attorney. They can examine your case and help you choose a course of action that protects your business.