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Wrongful Dismissal: What To Expect During Mediation

Dealing with a wrongful dismissal claim can be a challenging and emotional experience. Mediation offers an alternative dispute resolution process that can help resolve such issues outside of the courtroom. 

This article will explain what a wrongful dismissal is, what you can expect during mediation, and its advantages.

What Is Wrongful Dismissal

A wrongful dismissal occurs when an employee is let go by their employer in a way that breaches their employment rights. Generally speaking, an employer can terminate an employee without cause, as long as they provide the employee with reasonable notice period pay.

Notice period pay, or pay in lieu of notice,  includes the minimums under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and common law reasonable notice.

For some wrongful dismissal cases, the employee may have to file a lawsuit to demand compensation for sufficient notice period pay. Statutory requirements, contractual responsibilities, and common law principles frequently serve as the foundation of wrongful dismissal lawsuits.

If you are an employee who has been terminated, you should contact an experienced employment lawyer to review your matter and advise you of your rights.

If you are an employee who is being sued for wrongful dismissal, a litigation lawyer can help you defend the claim.

Understanding Mediation

Mediation is a confidential process that enables the parties involved in legal disputes to communicate with one another and work towards settlement. Parties have the opportunity to voice their concerns and come to a resolution with the assistance of a qualified mediator. The mediator remains objective and neutral throughout the mediation process. As a result, mediation is typically more efficient and affordable than litigation.

Prior to mediation, it is essential to consider your interests, define your desired outcomes, and determine your acceptable settlement terms. It is important to contemplate various scenarios, ranging from your ideal resolution to the absolute minimum you are willing to accept in the mediation. 

Although mediators serve a crucial role in facilitating these negotiations, the mediator cannot compel the parties to reach a settlement and they are unable to offer legal advice. Mediators can help the parties come to a creative and flexible solution.

Mediations can take place in-person, over the telephone, or virtually. If the parties fail to reach an agreement through mediation during litigation, the case continues through the court process.  

Even if a case does not settle at mediation, it can still be valuable as it can create an understanding of each party’s positions and help narrow down the legal issues before trial. The parties may be able to independently settle the case following mediation.

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Advantages of Mediation in a Wrongful Dismissal

Mediation offers a range of benefits that appeal to many parties involved in litigation. Some of these advantages include:

  • Efficient resolution: Mediation can enable parties to quickly resolve their disputes, bypassing the lengthy wait for a trial date that can span several years.
  • Cost-effective: By engaging in mediation, parties can save substantial amounts of money. Resolving a dispute earlier in the litigation process helps mitigate the expenses associated with trial preparation and attendance.
  • Confidentiality: Mediations and the resulting settlements are confidential. This aspect is particularly appealing to parties who are apprehensive about the public exposure and release of court decisions.
  • Preserving relationships: Mediation focuses on fostering open communication and understanding between the parties. It can help maintain or even repair relationships, which is particularly beneficial when the parties have ongoing interactions.

Conclusion

Engaging in mediation in wrongful dismissal cases offers numerous advantages. 

It provides a confidential and cost-effective alternative to litigation, allowing for a faster resolution. Mediation can promote open communication, preserve relationships, and give parties greater control over the outcome. 

By understanding the mediation process and preparing appropriately, you can approach your wrongful dismissal cases with confidence and increase your chances of reaching a satisfactory resolution.

Contact Us

If you are an employer or an employee needing assistance with mediation, our team of experienced wrongful dismissal lawyers at Achkar Law can help.

Contact us by phone toll-free at 1 (800) 771-7882 or email us at [email protected], and we will be happy to assist.

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