Employment disputes arise more frequently than some may think, and can wreak havoc on a businesses’ employment relationships, daily operations, productivity and bottom line. But no one wants to get involved in a costly, stressful and time consuming employment lawsuit if it is not necessary. Fortunately, you do not have to. Most employment disputes in Jacksonville FL can be resolved outside of the courtroom through the use of mediation. Employment mediation has become increasingly more popular among Florida employers and employees as a quicker and less expensive way to settle employment disputes in Jacksonville FL.
Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution process that utilizes the expertise of a trained third-party mediator to assist parties to a legal dispute in their attempts to find a mutually satisfactory settlement agreement. Parties that mediate rather than litigate their disputes maintain control over the outcome, since an employment mediator will not make a decision on the disputed matter like a judge or jury in a court case. This allows employers and employees to craft their own settlement agreement that works best for them.
The adversarial nature of traditional employment litigation tends to add fuel to already tense employment situations. Since mediation is a non-adversarial process where mediating parties are encouraged by a trained mediator to cooperate and seek compromise, having an employment dispute mediated increases the chances that the disputing parties may maintain or re-establish good working relationships, a prospect that is pretty unlikely when disputing parties have taken their disagreement to the court room.