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Choosing an Alternative Dispute Resolution in Ohio


If you have a workplace dispute but are looking for a solution other than traditional litigation, you may be interested in exploring Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). ADR can save an employee time and money on their path to justice.

One of the benefits to an ADR is it could result in the employee and the employer continuing a relationship. After all, the goal of an ADR is to provide a resolution to a workplace issue that is acceptable to both the worker and the employer. If you would like to learn more about if an ADR is a good solution for your workplace dispute, connect with a Columbus employment attorney.

There Are a Variety of ADR Methods

While litigation in court is one path to resolving a legal dispute, court battles can be incredibly hostile and relationships may never recover. Plus, when the litigation process ends, the court judgment is the final word (absent an appeal). Both parties need to follow the court decision, even if they do not agree with the outcome.

One of the reasons many choose a form of alternative resolution is to determine if it is possible to meet at a middle ground, to reach a settlement that is acceptable to both of the parties involved with the dispute. Often the results are more satisfying for everyone involved when accommodations can be made to please both sides. Although neither party may get what they want in full, an agreement on how to resolve a dispute provides certainty and is much quicker than civil litigation. Some ADR methods include peer review, mediation, and arbitration.

Employment Disputes and Mediation

It has become more popular over the years to settle employment disputes through an ADR method. This is because they have many benefits in the field of employment law, including the following.

  • Employer and employee generally have a say in the selection of a mediator.
  • Negotiating means both parties can work toward an outcome and the final judgment is not left in the hands of a third party.
  • ADR methods can be more comfortable and casual than a formal court process.
  • Using an ADR method can save both parties time and can be a cost efficient solution.

Plus, if you start the process of mediation and you or your employer do not find a result that can be agreed upon, the ADR process can be stopped. From there, your Columbus employment attorneys can still guide your dispute through a traditional resolution method, such as going to court and having a judge or jury determine the final outcome. Moreover, if settlement talks break down, the parties may resume such talks after litigation has begun.

Of course, ADR may not be the best path for every situation. But it can be helpful to weigh the pros and cons of each path forward. With legal representation, you can resolve your legal issues in the way that is best for you.

Are you wondering what options are available to settle your Ohio employment dispute? Contact the Columbus employment attorneys at Coffman Legal LLC today. We are strong and committed employment law advocates for all Ohio workers and use our experience and knowledge to help you. Call 614-949-1181 for a free and confidential consultation with experienced employment lawyers.


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