The bigger your company grows, the more likely you are to have a significant dispute with one of your employees. Such disagreements are an inherent risk of doing business. The sources of an employment law dispute are all but limitless.
Perhaps a worker claims that your business failed to pay them overtime wages. Maybe they claim that your recent choice to terminate them during a large-scale layoff was retaliatory or discriminatory. There might even be a dispute about their new employment after they have left your company because it violates the terms of the restrictive covenants in your contract with them.
Any of these disputes could cause major challenges for your organization, as well as for the worker involved in the claim. Agreeing to attend mediation could be a better approach than declaring that you will only resolve this matter in court. Why is mediation helpful for those navigating a dispute with a current or former employee?
Mediation reduces reputation damage
Any employment law matter could affect how the public views your business. Especially when a worker claims that you violated their rights or failed to pay them, their allegations against your company could damage your brand and make it much harder for you to hire the best and brightest talent in the future. Mediation is a confidential process under Florida state law, meaning that only the agreement you reach, not the details of your discussions, become part of the public record.
You have an opportunity to change your perspective
Although the resolution to employment law conflicts will often be a black-and-white decision, sometimes the truth is in between your perception of the situation and the employee’s feelings about the matter. The meetings that you have in mediation could help you see the issue from the worker’s perspective.
Changing how you look at the situation could help you resolve the matter with that worker and also change company policy or practices to avoid similar issues in the future.
Mediation can be more cost-effective than litigation
Although you may feel very strongly that your business will win if you take the issue to court, you may also recognize that it will be incredibly expensive for you to do so. Agreeing to sit down and talk with the other party can lead to a solution that works for them and your company while also keeping your costs lower.
The more complicated the situation is, the more information you may have to present to the courts and therefore the longer it will take for each side to make their case. When compared with the extended litigation process, mediation is often faster and therefore more cost-effective.
Instead of letting records of your disagreement become part of the public record and potentially damage your business’s reputation as a great place to work, going to mediation to resolve an employment law dispute could be a much smarter solution for your company.