We spend a significant portion of our lives in the workplace, and for many, our careers are important components of our identities. Work helps provides meaning and value to our days and is also a place where many lasting friendships and relationships are formed.
On the flip side, the workplace can also be an environment fraught with conflict, and sometimes that conflict is brought about by unfair, unjust, or even illegal business practices. When conflict among business partners, employees, and other corporate stakeholders escalates, it may be time to seek outside assistance in order to resolve it.
What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is the process used to settle disputes without resorting to litigation. Examples may include arbitration, mediation, or negotiation. While ADR is not the right solution for every workplace conflict, it may be a good first step in a majority of instances.
Some benefits of ADR are that it may be cheaper and less time-consuming than litigation. It also focuses on finding a collaborative solution to the conflict rather than creating a combative and adversarial environment, which means relationships are more likely to remain intact after the ADR proceedings.
Who can help with ADR?
Alternative Dispute Resolution proceedings should be handled by an experienced attorney. Even if litigation is not involved, hiring a skilled attorney who is familiar with your specific workplace issue is important to prevent further escalation of the conflict and resolve the problem.
Some parties choose to hire their own individual attorney to represent them in the ADR, while others elect to hire a single lawyer to guide both parties through the resolution.
A good place to start if there is conflict in the workplace is to consult with an experienced Florida commercial law attorney. They can help you understand your options for dispute resolution as well as ensure that your written contracts and agreements are constructed in a way that helps minimize future escalating disputes.
For help with Alternative Dispute Resolution proceedings in Florida, contact us at Silverberg|Brito, PLLC.