A Brief Look at Recent Employment Dispute Trends
Over the past few decades, social movements and changing civil rights laws have opened the door to increased employment disputes. For example, sexual harassment and wrongful termination claims are commonplace today, whereas, by comparison, 30 years ago they were not nearly as prevalent. Employment attorneys in Stockton can help you resolve your employment dispute through effective mediation or arbitration.
According to the United States Department of Labor (DOL), during the last two decades, employment litigation has exploded because of federal and state discrimination laws as well as the expansion in common law and statutory protection against wrongful termination. The DOL estimates that employment grievances grew more than 400 percent in the past 20 years. In fact, many employees bringing lawsuits must wait several years before their cases come to trial because of burgeoned federal and state judicial dockets. A legal system that can’t support such caseloads has led to parties seeking other alternatives, such as mediation. This solution to an overloaded judicial system is evident in the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Civil Rights Act of 1991. Both laws encourage alternative legal approaches to resolve disputes. The advantages of resolving issues outside of court exist not just for the judiciary, but also for employees and employers. Both can save on costs and time and they can keep matters confidential. Women subjected to sexual harassment frequently do not want the exposure associated with litigation. Additionally, businesses rely on maintaining good reputations and do not want bad publicity.
If you face employment disputes as an employee or business owner, find out how a skilled Stockton employment attorney can help.
Quinn & Kronlund, LLC focuses our practice on resolving disputes through mediation and arbitration and has successfully resolved thousands of cases.