Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rated
Super Lawyers - David H. Ben AsherSuper Lawyers - Jonathan I. Nirenberg
Rabner Baumgart Ben-Asher & Niremberg PC
Bergen County's Top Lawyers 2023

Employment Law Mediation

What is Mediation?

mediationMediation is a process in which a neutral third party, the mediator, tries to help the parties resolve their dispute. The mediator typically is a lawyer or a retired judge who is experienced at helping facilitate settlements. For employment law cases, we highly recommend using a mediator who has substantial knowledge and experience handling employment law cases.

Although mediation often occurs after a lawsuit has been filed, parties can choose to go to mediation at any time, including before a lawsuit has been filed. Mediation is required in most employment law cases in New Jersey state court, and in the Southern District of New York (the federal court that covers Manhattan, the Bronx, Westchester and Rockland, among other counties).

How Does Mediation Work?

The mediation process can vary depending on the mediator, the parties, and the circumstances. However, sometimes it begins with a joint session at which the parties discuss the case with the mediator. Whether or not there is a joint session, the parties typically will split into separate rooms, with the mediator going back-and-forth between the rooms, listening to each side, exploring what they need to be able to resolve their case and trying to find a way to move the parties closer to a settlement. 

Ultimately, if a mediation is successful the parties leave with an enforceable agreement, or term sheet, that outlines the key terms of their settlement.

Even if a mediation does not directly result in a settlement, the discussions during the process can help pave the way for a settlement in the future. In addition, going through mediation can help the parties learn more about the strengths and weaknesses of their cases, which can help them to be better prepared during the litigation, and if necessary at a trial.

Mediation is a Confidential Process

Mediation is confidential, so nothing you share or discuss at it can be repeated outside of the mediation. Likewise, the mediator cannot reveal anything you tell him or her privately to anyone else without your permission. This confidentiality is intended to allow the parties to speak more freely without having to worry about it being used against you if the case does not settle.

How is Mediation Different From Arbitration?

Although they are both forms of alternative dispute resolution ("ADR"), mediation is very different from arbitration. Mediation is a voluntary process that helps the parties reach an agreed upon settlement. The mediator does not make any rulings or decisions.

In contrast, arbitration is more like litigation. The Arbitrator acts as the judge and jury, and makes a final binding ruling at the end of a hearing.

Helping to Resolve Disputes

At Rabner Baumgart Ben-Asher & Nirenberg, P.C., we truly believe negotiation, often including mediation, is usually the ideal way to achieve the best possible result for our clients. Mediation can be a very effective way to settle a case relatively quickly and efficiently.

While sometimes trials and appeals are necessary, a good settlement typically is better for everyone involved than taking your chances of winning or losing with a judge, jury or arbitrator. Settling avoids the risk, cost and uncertainty of litigation, and gives you control over the fate of your case since there cannot be a settlement unless you agree to it. 

In addition, there often are results you can achieve through negotiation that a court cannot award, such as a neutral or positive job reference, a transfer to another position, or other non-monetary benefits.

Experienced Employment Lawyer Mediators

In addition to advocating for our clients at mediation, two of our attorneys, Jonathan I. Nirenberg and David H. Ben-Asher also serve as mediators in court ordered and private employment law mediation. For more information please visit our mediators page.

If you would like legal representation at a mediation, then please feel free to call us at (201) 777-2250. We are located at 135 Chestnut Ridge Road, Suite 230, in Montvale, New Jersey.

Client Reviews
"I worked with Jonathan Nirenberg, ESQ on a sensitive emotional employment matter. Mr. Nirenberg was quick to respond, offered excellent advice, and always followed up with phone calls or emails when needed. My situation was settled out of court within a short period of time with the best possible results for not just me but also for the employer. Highly recommend and would seek his help again if needed..." Linda Busch, PhD
"We've had the pleasure of working with Jonathan on multiple individual and class employment cases. Jonathan is a skilled, dedicated and caring attorney that works diligently to bring justice for his clients. We would recommend Jonathan as a legal resource for any employment cases." Stephan Zouras, LLP
"I felt alone and without a voice, until I hired Jonathan I. Nirenberg of Rabner Baumgart Ben-Asher & Nirenberg, P.C. Mr. Nirenberg represented me in an employment matter. Without his help, I know that I would not have had the extremely successful outcome I had. Jonathan was not only professional, but very empathetic to what happened to me. Jonathan gave me support, and options in relation to a challenging employer/employment situation which was an extremely difficult time in my life..." Shelly Smith