At Blue Sky Mediation Center, our Los Angeles employment law mediation services understand that disputes involving wrongful termination deeply impact all parties involved. Wrongful termination occurs when an employer fires or discharges an employee in a way that violates the employee’s legal rights. In these cases, there is typically an allegation by the employee, and a defense by the employer.
Wrongful termination mediation engages the parties in creative problem solving to adopt solutions through open communication that may not be possible on their own. No matter which side of the disagreement you are on, mediation provides an effective platform to get to the origin of the conflict, understand and respect each party’s position, and navigate an agreement to permanently resolve the dispute.
Our center’s founder and experienced Los Angeles County mediator, Robert P. Mougin, has spent over twenty-five years helping employees, employers, and other third parties resolve important issues throughout California, including wrongful termination disputes, so the parties can move forward.
In California, wrongful termination is defined as firing an employee for an unlawful reason.
That may include allegations of being terminated because of:
In California, both state and federal laws protect employees from wrongful termination. Similar laws protect employers from litigation for releasing an employee as they see fit, including lack of productivity or poor quality of work.
When each party is willing to hear the other’s story, and discuss potential remedies outside of the courtroom, mediation is the perfect tool to find common ground and put the dispute behind them.
Each party will have the opportunity to tell their side of the story, so everyone understands the origin of the dispute, each party’s grievances, and what they expect to put the disagreement behind them and move forward. This may include negotiating an agreement for monetary damages and full confidentiality moving forward.
We also focus on the following practice areas in Los Angeles:
If an agreement is not reached during mediation, the parties will continue the lawsuit just as they did before going to mediation, and each party will prepare for trial in Court where the final determination will be made either by a judge or jury, depending on the type of case you have.
Our Los Angeles mediator operates as a neutral third party who examines the claims of all the participants and sets realistic expectations to help the parties correctly view and evaluate their respective cases while educating them about the potential risks and liabilities in their positions. To determine how our wrongful termination mediation services can benefit you, contact our Los Angeles County mediator at Blue Sky Mediation Center at 213-376-4130, contact us online, or email our case manager to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal needs today.
Depending on the circumstances of the specific case, the employee may be required to file a formal complaint against the employer with the appropriate state or federal agencies. Several different state and federal laws govern wrongful termination in California, which means the specific agency where the complaint will be filed depends on the law that has been violated.
Although mediators are often also attorneys, the role of a mediator is not to give parties legal advice. A mediator may inform parties of certain applicable laws, rules, and guidelines so that parties may have the information necessary to make well-reasoned decisions. Employment law mediators do not decide who is right or wrong or issue a decision. Instead, the mediator helps identify important issues, clarify misunderstandings, explore solutions, and negotiate a settlement.
Although it is not required, both employers and employees have the right to retain counsel to represent them during wrongful termination mediation.