Workplace and Employment
There are a number of reasons that lead to disputes and conflict at work, including communication breakdowns, discrimination, unfair dismissal, poor performance or issues surrounding promotion, and disputes of this nature can be very costly in productivity terms as well as financially.
Embarking on litigation has the potential to lead to the downfall of established businesses because management teams rarely comprehend the consequences and the financial and psychological effects on the business. It’s also important to note that mediation is not just for cases that can go to court. It’s about dealing with unresolved conflicts and festering relationships that inevitably lead to lost productivity and low morale.
Global Mediation’s team of experienced workplace and employment mediators negate the need for litigation and are experienced in dealing with the most complex and challenging disputes. The involvement of a mediator greatly increases the chances of a mutually beneficial outcome for all parties concerned and focuses attention on open dialogue, rebuilding relationships and looking to the future.
For more information on Global Mediation’s workplace and employment mediation service, please contact us or request a callback by completing the form on the right.
Examples of employment cases mediated
- Claim by employee following dismissal
- Serious allegation of institutionalised bullying in a large plc
- Dispute over redundancy following company restructure
- Claim involving bonus payments by members of staff
- Case involving alcohol abuse in the workplace
- Case involving defective commercial software and consequential loss of profits
- Dispute between employee and a trustee and allegations of racism and discrimination because trustee failed to follow statutory process before suspension and investigation
- Appeal by an employee against redundancy based on allegations of unfair dismissal
- A number of working time and wrongful dismissal claims
- Issues over harassment at work
- Claim for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination of financial manager.
- A claim about employment and constructive dismissal
- Compensation claim worth nearly £300,000 by a senior civil servant against a major government department for damage to his health due to bullying and harassment by a superior which led to the claimant being unable to continue in his job
- Claim by a team leader of a UK care and welfare organisation for unfair dismissal on the grounds of disability discrimination
- Claim against a leading professional association for discrimination in relation to recruitment and short-listing for a senior management role
- Claim against a criminal justice support services organisation for unfair dismissal on the grounds of misconduct
- Claim against a government body for constructive dismissal on the grounds of sexual discrimination
- Two cases concerning employees challenging their dismissal for gross misconduct
- Several cases involving claims and several also involving counterclaims of bullying and harassment
- A case within a mediation service concerning a claim against one of the co-directors by the team of self-employed mediators
- Several cases where an employee had appealed to the Employment Tribunal but had agreed to mediation in response to the option made available in the organisation’s policies. This resulted in the employee deciding to withdraw their claim with a compromise agreement, or the parties reaching improved mutual understanding prior to the Tribunal hearing, or the employee returning to the workplace and assisted in doing so by the mediation process.
- Several cases where employees claimed discrimination in relation to gender, disability, or race
- A number of mediations involving large commercial firms with sites across the UK
- A number of cases involving banks and building societies
- Several cases involving government bodies
- Dispute between company and former employee regarding alleged overpayment of salary
- Various disputes arising from termination of employee or company director's contracts
- Various disputed arising from loss of earnings
- A number of cases involving a dispute over unpaid wages
Examples of workplace cases mediated
- Dispute between employee and line manager which led to the resignation of employee
- Breakdown in communication between two senior department heads and a junior employee
- Dispute between employee and directors of a charity with allegations of bullying
- Chair and facilitation of a meeting of 6 charity trustees regarding their duties/obligation under charity law and grant funding requirements
- Case involving two staff members who could not agree about the extent and remit of their work
- Disputes relating to performance management
- Dispute over the working relationship between two managers
- Facilitation to resolve a dispute between three counselling supervisors in a national charity, avoiding the need for implementation of a formal grievance procedure. Resolution in the equivalent of one day included agreement on essential internal team-building steps for the future
- A workplace dispute involving a relationship breakdown
- A number of cases where employer/employee relationships had been put under strain during a period of major change in the organisation’s structure, often where a redundancy programme was being put in place or had already been implemented
- A breakdown in the relationship between two senior staff and between them and the Board of Directors
- A dispute between two team members involving an accusation of theft of personal property
- A dispute involving the Director and four team members of a counselling and therapy service in relation to case management
- Cases where difficulties had arisen between employees where one had mental health problems. On the one hand their condition was not understood by their colleagues, and on the other they did not appreciate the affect some of their behaviour had on their fellow employees.
- A breakdown in the relationship between two academics in a university college
- A breakdown in the relationship between sabbatical officers in a student union
- Dispute between two Housing Association employees whose long working relationship had broken down because of intervention by residents at a sheltered housing scheme for the elderly