Employment disputes are quite common, and can arise from a variety of circumstances where employees file claims in state or federal court, or through agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. An employment dispute in Cook County Illinois can result in lengthy and expensive litigation, not to mention stress. However, there is another option for employees and employers who wish to resolve their disputes without a costly and contentious court battle. If you are an employee or employer involved in an employment dispute in Cook County Illinois, you may want to consider an alternative dispute resolution method such as mediation.
Employment mediation involves the assistance of a neutral third-party mediator who facilitates communication between the disputing parties with the goal of helping them reach a final resolution to their disagreement that is mutually satisfactory to both the employee and employer. While both parties to the dispute may hire independent legal counsel if they wish, lawyers are not required during mediation, since mediation is an alternative dispute resolution procedure and not a legal proceeding.
Employment mediation can assist in the resolution in some of the more common employment disputes that are often related to:
- Unpaid Wages, Wage & Hour Claims
- Unemployment Compensation Claims
- Medical Leave / Disability Claims
- Wrongful Termination Claims
- Sexual Harassment Claims
- Discrimination / Harassment Claims
- Employment Agreements
- Severance Agreements
- Non-Compete / Non-Solicitation Agreements
It is important to ensure the timely management and resolution of employment related legal disputes, investigations, and claims. Mediation is not only effective in dealing with the complexities of the legal, factual and emotional issues typically present in an employment dispute. It is typically less costly and time consuming than a traditional court case. If you are involved in an employment dispute, consider mediation as an alternative method of negotiating what could otherwise be a costly, stressful, and drawn-out lawsuit.