The Role of Restorative Practices in Effectively Addressing Gender Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace by Laura A. Athens, Attorney and Mediator PLC

Introduction Numerous federal and state laws prohibit gender discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and state anti-discrimination statutes, an employer must not impose adverse employment actions or otherwise discriminate against individuals based on gender. Title IX of the Education Amendments Act prohibits gender discrimination in […]

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Mediating Pro Se Prisoner Civil Rights Cases: Mediator Strategy

It is often said that effective mediators can mediate cases ranging from day-care center disputes to foreign affairs conflicts. Somewhere within that continuum of cases are conflicts brought by prisoners against prisons and other related entities. Oftentimes, the prisoners are representing themselves in these cases. The United States District Court for Eastern Michigan is currently […]

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PROS AND CONS OF RELYING ON INSTINCT AND INTUITION IN NEGOTIATION

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.” Albert Einstein Numerous publications, recordings, seminars, and courses are devoted to the study of negotiation. Many of them profess to reveal secrets to the art of successful negotiation. Others approach negotiation as a science rather than an art. When all […]

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Getting Your Most Beneficial Dispute Resolution By Combining ADR Processes

Much has been written about the benefits of the different types of Alternative Dispute Resolution (”ADR”). We know that Arbitration can, among other things, bring finality. Mediation can help parties to preserve relationships. Negotiation can save time and money. Case evaluation, much maligned but still regularly utilized in Michigan, can help parties close the final […]

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Talk Less, Listen More, Negotiate Better

A recent Wall Street Journal article brought home to me again the importance of listening for successful negotiating. Journalist Masada Siegel reported interviewing Glen Cohen, a retired hostage negotiator for the Israel Defense Forces. For a hostage negotiator, listening can mean life or death. Cohen says the biggest mistake to make is to jump to […]

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“Are You Kidding Me!?”: Bringing Humor to the Mediation Process

“We do not take humor seriously enough.” Konrad Lorenz Introduction: Mediation is a serious process where serious conflicts are seriously addressed by serious people. Whether the process results in resolution or the continued litigation continues, the consequences are serious, too. Generally speaking, the more consequential the dispute, the more serious the participants. The more serious […]

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