Mediation and arbitration are two types of alternative dispute resolution. In many cases, these options allow both sides to reach a mutually acceptable agreement without the expense and time involved in taking a case to trial. In fact, most civil disputes are resolved without filing an lawsuit, and most civil lawsuits are resolved without a trial. Traditional lawsuits are impractical for many individuals and businesses because of the rising costs of litigation. Alternative dispute resolution methods include arbitration, mediation, and additional kinds of ADR designed for specific cases and subject matters.
Van Kampen Law can represent you at a confidential mediation with your current or former employer. A neutral "mediator" can help push the parties toward settlement, but if the parties cannot agree, the case will move forward.
Arbitration is similar to mediation in that a third party hears the dispute. The difference here is that arbitration is legally binding – meaning the ruling of the arbitrator decides the case and it does not go to trial.
Alternative dispute resolution may be the best choice for your specific situation. Talk to a North Carolina employment law attorney about alternative dispute resolution by calling (704) 247-3245 or contacting Van Kampen Law.