Employment Law Professionals Who Can Help
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is an agency that administers and enforces civil rights laws against workplace discrimination. Employees rely on it to investigate and prosecute employers who have committed discriminatory practices against them for any or all of the following:
- National origin
- Gender identity
- Genetic information
If an employee reports they have been discriminated against by their employer to the EEOC, the agency will offer mediation as an alternative to traditional investigative and litigation processes.
To talk to us about your case, call us at (855)-532-8365 .
Goals of Mediation
The EEOC offers mediation as a way to avoid the lengthier processes of litigation. It is often a cheaper and less formal alternative to the traditional route, which may require several court appearances. A trained mediator will assist you and your employer in reaching a negotiated resolution to a charge of discrimination. The mediator doesn’t decide who is right or wrong and has no authority to impose a settlement on the parties; however, he or she helps the parties jointly explore and reconcile their differences.
The typical mediation session can last for about 3 to 4 hours, though this may vary depending on the case. And while the EEOC offers mediation, it isn’t mandatory. However, in fiscal year 2008, mediation had a 72.1% settlement rate.
While EEOC provides its own mediators, it isn’t your representative. In order to get the best result from mediation, you should have an experienced Florida EEOC employment law attorney there to represent you during the mediation process. If your goals and the goals of the EEOC clash, your own attorney will be present to represent your interests, while an EEOC mediator might serve the agency’s interests. Additionally, having your own attorney present might make your employer more interested in resolving the proceedings before additional litigation can take place. Without a lawyer present, your supervisor or representative from your company might not take your case seriously.
Contact Our Experienced Attorneys for Assistance
If you need a skilled representative to look out for your interests during mediation, don’t hesitate to call us. LeavenLaw is a highly rated firm with decades of legal experience to offer your case. Not only are we experienced in mediation and negotiation tactics, but we can also represent you if your case does end up going to court.
To get started on your case, contact us at (855)-532-8365 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case consultation.