Benefits of Mediation

Mediation is a casual negotiation conference. This is typically held at the office of an independent third-party, who is called a mediator. Although mediators are usually attorneys, it is not necessary for that a mediator can be an attorney. Some mediators hold certification of having attended a mediation course however, that is even not required.

Not all situations get resolved at mediation. The parties can work out a settlement plan at any time, whether it just before mediation, after mediation, or through mediation. The advantage of mediation is that it allows the parties to have some negotiation discussions.

All those with the power to negotiate or what some call settlement authority are required by the court to attend mediation.

Another benefit of mediation is that mediation is totally voluntarily unless ordered by the court.  It is also free in California unless you want to use a paid mediator.

Here are a list of benefits that mediation can offer to you:

Individuals, business, as well as companies typically use the strategy of playing deaf when you have a problem, wishing that you will lose interest over time and vanish. Mediation is the bridge in between direct discussions and the legal system. It lets the opposite understand that you are major and that you wish them to come voluntarily to the negotiating table while they still have a chance.

It’s Safe. The legal system awards unjustifiable as well as aggressive methods, making the playing field unequal. In mediation, you are in complete control throughout the process. The mediator will not allow any sort of unjust techniques.  All the parties get their opportunity to voice their opinions about the case to the mediator.  Mediation is voluntary, so you always reserve the right to proceed with a lawsuit if you don’t like the outcome of mediation.  Mediation gives you an opportunity to get a perspective on the merits of your case from a natural third party.

It’s Budget friendly. Hiring an attorney may cost hundreds of dollars for even a basic situation, without a firm assurance of right resolution. Mediation gives an economical alternative to pricey a lawsuit.

It’s Fast. Lawsuits can take ages off your life in waster time, stress, cash, and psychological discomfort. Mediation usually takes only a fraction of the moment that the legal system takes.

It’s Confidential. Cases dealt with in court are normally open to the general public, so anybody can listen in on your exclusive life. Confidentially in mediation is defended by legislation, so you can easily solve your disagreement with personal privacy as well as with self-esteem.

 

It’s Enabling. Traditional a lawsuit is hostile, adversarial, and vigorous. It focuses on appointing punishment. Mediation does not appoint blame or punishment– it seeks to devise option to a shared issue through cooperative analytic.

It’s Psychologically Healthy. The legal system seldom takes the emotional or emotional factors of either celebration into account. Litigation is cold, tough, as well as uncaring. Both parties are advised not to speak with each other as well as neither side gets to voice their thoughts. Mediation makes use of the mental power of empathy to develop mutual understanding in between gatherings to deal with thoughts, market mental recovery, as well as protect continuous relationships.

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Discretionary Standard

In order to prove that an employer’s conduct created a hostile working environment, you must show that the work environment could be perceived as both objectively and subjectively offensive – that a reasonable person would find hostile or abusive, and on that the complaining party did perceive it to be so.  The aim of this requirement is to separate hardcore harassment from benign behavior.

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Severe & Pervasive Harassment

Federal law as well as Los Angeles law requires that for a hostile working environment sexual harassment complaint to be action, it must be sufficiently severe and pervasive to alter the conditions of employment and create an abusive working environment.

The Supreme court in Harris v. Forklift Systems, Inc. explains that an employer’s behavior should be examined in light of the frequency, severity, whether the behavior is physically threatening or humiliating and whether the behavior unreasonably interferes with an employee’s work performance.

The application of these test can create clear examples of sexual harssment.  For example in Faragher v. City of Boca Raton, the Faragher employer held that his actions were severe or pervasive when he subjected his female employees to offensive touching, lewd remarks and the usef of offensive language.  While in Lockard v. Pizza Hut, the court found  a hostile work environment existed when a supervisor played offensive music while at work with his female employee and because he ignore their request for help when she was being physically harassed by male customers at the restaurant.

However, it should be noted that no single factor is required for a finding of hostile work environment.  The existence of such a condition will be considered from the totality of the circumstance.

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Hostile work environment sexual harassment

To find that an employer’s conduct has created a hostile work environment under Title VII, the plaintiff has to show that the complained conduct was serve or pervasive and that the enviornment could be both objectively and subjectively perceived as abusive or hostile.  The Elliott- Larsen Civil Right Act defines hostile work environmental sexual harassment as conduct or communication that has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s employment.

After establishing the sexual nature of the complained conduct, the plaintiff must establish the following: (1) the employee belonged to a protected group; (2) the employee was subjected to communication or conduct on the basis of sex; (3) the employee was subjected to unwelcome sexual conduct or communication; (4) the unwelcome sexual conduct or communication was intended to or in fact did substantially interfere with the employee’s employment or created an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment; and (5) respondeat superior.

There five requirements were set forth in the case of Radtke v. Everett.

 

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Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment

In Burlington Industries, Inc. v. Ellerth, the Supreme Court explained the elements required for a quid pro quo sexual harassment lawsuit in the United States, including Los Angeles.

For an employer’s conduct to rise to the level of quid pro quo sexual harassment, a tangible employment action must result from a refusal to submit to a supervisor’s sexual demand.  A tangible employment action is a change in position, benefit, duties, or even a job loss.  So verbal hazing and unwelcome touching did not amount to a quid pro quo sexual harassment cause of action.

So if you are alleging quid pro quo sexual harassment in Los Angeles, you need to show that there was a demand for sexual conduct and because you refused to perform those acts, you suffered a lost of benefits, duties, pay, or even your job.

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Sexual Harassment Conduct

Title VII is meant to be read broadly to determine if a specific conduct rises to the level of sexual harassment.  The statute provides basic guidelines and allows case law to paint a more complete picture.  Federal Courts established that it is a basic violation of Title VII when “an artificial barrier to employment has been placed on one gender and not the other.”  Any sort of condition of employment that is placed on an employee because of gender is considered a barrier.  So one of the elements that a Plaintiff must prove is that but for the fact of her sex, she would not have been the object of harassment.  So the law requires that the Plaintiff show that the complained conduct was sexual in some degree.  Then show that there was  request for sexual favor in exchange for employment or hostile work environment sexual harassment.

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Title VII Civil Rights Act

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, specifically states that sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII.  The act states,

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.

Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to the following:

  •     The victim as well as the harasser may be a woman or a man. The victim does not have to be of the opposite sex.
  • The harasser can be the victim’s supervisor, an agent of the employer, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or a non-employee.
  • The victim does not have to be the person harassed but could be anyone affected by the offensive conduct.
  • Unlawful sexual harassment may occur without economic injury to or discharge of the victim.
  • The harasser’s conduct must be unwelcome.
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