What is a “tiered dispute resolution clause” and what options does it offer?

Michael Zeytoonian Business, Collaborative Processes, Dispute Resolution Resources, Workplace Disputes

Part II in a series about tiered dispute resolution clauses Our most recent blog post discussed “tiered dispute resolution clauses” in contracts. This is the first step in providing clients with alternatives to court and litigation. It gives parties value in three ways: (1) It gives them the opportunity to work together on how they will resolve a dispute; (2) …

Three misconceptions about using collaborative law in employment disputes

Michael Zeytoonian Collaborative Law, Dispute Resolution Resources, Workplace Disputes

Over 2013, we heard a few reasons from employers and companies for why they would forego using Collaborative Law – a much more efficient dispute resolution process than litigation – and opt for litigation or arbitration instead. For any employer or company who has either not heard of the option of using Collaborative Law (CL) to resolve its employment disputes …

What does “getting my day in court” mean, really?

Michael Zeytoonian Business, Collaborative Law, Employment Law, Mediation, Workplace Disputes

What typically happens to a person who is in a dispute and wants to “get his/her day in court”? Much of my practice is either representing employers or employees in employment disputes or mediating employment disputes. The first call from an upset employee usually goes something like this: “I have been terminated/demoted/not promoted/discriminated against/harassed by my employer. This was wrong/unlawful/unfair/unwarranted/harassment. …