Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
At The Federal Practice Group Worldwide Service, we appreciate the value of your federal career and how stressful it is when, as a federal employee, you are facing discrimination, harassment, or discipline from your federal agency. Our federal employment law team also appreciates that litigation is not always the best way to resolve a workplace dispute. Mediation or Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a less adversarial way to resolve workplace problems than more formal litigation proceedings, and it is often in a federal employee's best interest to attempt to resolve a complaint or grievance through mediation or ADR first before moving ahead with more formal action.
If you are facing discrimination or harassment, federal agencies often agree to participate in mediation or ADR during the informal EEO complaint stage, and as a federal employee, you are entitled to have an attorney with you through this process and at the mediation session to represent your best interests. Also, even if you are unable to resolve your complaint at the informal EEO complaint stage, and you have to move ahead with filing a formal complaint of discrimination, there can still be opportunities for mediation or ADR either during the investigation of your formal EEO complaint or during the EEOC's hearing process. Our federal employment law team knows that the EEO complaint process can be long and drawn out, and that in itself can be a source of stress. If you are seeking a quick resolution so that you can move on with your federal career, our federal employment law team can work with you to bring the agency to the negotiating table and to develop a settlement demand that meets your goals.
Our federal employment law team can also assist you if you are facing an adverse action and want to avoid extended litigation. There are often opportunities to participate in mediation or ADR prior to when an agency makes an adverse action effective, or, if the agency has already taken an adverse action against you, our federal employment law team can assist you with requesting mediation or ADR through the MSPB's Mediation Appeals Program (MAP).
A dispute or conflict in the workplace creates hardship and strain for hard-working people. The Federal Practice Group Worldwide Service cares about our clients and takes the time to carefully listen to the exact details of your specific case and the outcome that you desire. Federal employment law is a complicated area of the law, and you may feel pressured to give up and move on. You don't have to give up or face this problem alone. Mediation or Alternative Dispute Resolution may be the best option for your case, and an evaluation of your situation should be undertaken at once.
It is important to contact a proven lawyer right away to ensure that your rights and career are fully protected. An attorney from the firm may be able to help you avoid costly litigation by energetically representing you in alternative dispute resolution. The trusted and confident team of lawyers at The Federal Practice Group recognizes the stress and emotion involved in workplace disputes, and resolving your EEO complaint or adverse action without the added tensions of a formal proceeding is often in your best interest. The firm has an excellent track-record successfully mediating disputes. The dedicated attorneys at the firm have the skill to tenaciously protect your rights while simultaneously tactfully and effectively negotiating a suitable solution on your behalf.