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Alan Lescht and Associates successfully represents clients in arbitration and mediation proceedings.
Arbitration is an alternative to court. Employees who have signed mandatory arbitration provisions must raise disputes in arbitration rather than in court. Arbitration is very similar to court. The difference is that a neutral third party, an arbitrator, will decide your claims instead of a judge.
Mediation is a dispute resolution process. The goal of mediation is to settle your claims outside of court, before having a judge or jury decide your claims. There are three parties in mediation: the employee, the employer, and a neutral mediator. The mediator will facilitate discussions between the parties and their attorneys, and will offer suggestions for how to settle the case. Sometimes courts will require parties to attend mediation prior to a trial. For example, the D.C. Office of Human Rights requires all parties to attend mediation before the plaintiff's claims are investigated. Other times, mediation is voluntary.
Your rights in arbitration and mediation are generally the same as they would be in court. Just as in court, the claims you can bring in an arbitration proceeding depend on who your employer is, the state you work in, and the events giving rise to your complaint. Common claims decided in arbitration include discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, and contract disputes.
If your employer required you to sign an arbitration provision, we can help. Our attorneys will work with you to evaluate your case, discuss your options, and develop a strategy to assert your rights. Alan Lescht and Associates assists clients with the following matters:
Send us an email or call us at (202) 463-6036 to speak with an experienced employment attorney. Alan Lescht and Associates offers strategic results-driven legal services to clients in Washington, DC, Maryland, and northern Virginia, and to federal government employees around the world.