Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) that is offered by the Antidiscrimination and Labor Division as an alternative to the traditional investigative or litigation procedure. It is an informal, voluntary process offered to the parties as a way for them to resolve their disputes over whether the employer (Respondent) has treated the employee (Charging Party) differently because he or she is a member of a protected class ( race, color, religion, sex, age (over 40), national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth or pregnancy-related conditions).
The mediator is a neutral facilitator who assists both parties to reach a voluntary resolution of their disputes. The mediator does not resolve the charge or reach a decision on the merits of the claims or defenses. Instead, the mediator helps the parties reach a resolution that is acceptable to them. Throughout the years, the mediation process has been proven to be a viable and beneficial alternative that assists both parties to quickly resolve disputes.