Central Florida Employment Law Mediation Services
At Wilson McCoy, P.A., our team of experienced Orlando employment law attorneys frequently answers questions about the mediation process. We wanted to take a few moments to address some of those issues below.
How is mediation different from a court case?
The biggest difference between litigation and mediation is the amount of control that you have over the outcome of a case. In mediation, you get to have a say in the rules of the session, and can also express solutions that actually help protect your interests. You don’t have a judge coming in, hearing both sides tell their stories, and then making a decision. You get to say what is important to you, and work toward a goal that helps you protect your interests going forward.
What should I look for in a mediator?
When looking for a mediator, you want to work with someone who understands the laws and issues of your case. Someone who will not need time to get up to speed on the background of things, but instead is ready to get to work immediately when starting the session.
In addition, the mediator you select also needs to know how to keep a session on track. In some situations, parties may try to derail things and keep the case going for whatever reason. Your mediator should know how to facilitate discussion, and also get the parties commit to working together throughout the session.
One of our founding lawyers, Gary D. Wilson, has been handling employment law matters from both the employer and employee side for more than 25 years. He understands the interests and concerns of those involved, and works will all parties to keep them engaged in the process.
Is mediation guaranteed to resolve my case?
Unfortunately, mediation may not necessarily resolve your specific concerns. Mediation is nonbinding, which means even if something is resolved, it may not necessarily end the case. In instances where matters remain outstanding, litigation may still be an outcome that results in certain circumstances.
That is why, again, it is important to know what to look for in a mediator. The person you select should be focused on solutions, not simply allowing you to check a box before taking your case to court. The right mediator can be the difference between a case that is resolved at the end of the day, and a case that continues to cost an unpredictable amount of time and money.