What is arbitration for employment disputes?

The Adrian Peterson case that we discussed last week is one example of an employment dispute. In his case, he appealed the decision of the arbitrator because he didn't agree with the suspension handed down from the NFL. That might have some of our Oregon readers wanting to know more about employment arbitration agreements.

What is an employment arbitration agreement?

An employment arbitration agreement means that you won't take legal action against your employer in court. Instead, you will use the arbitration procedure to handle any issues you might have with your employer. These arbitration agreements are often included in employment contracts.

What is employment arbitration?

When you have a complaint against your employer, such as discrimination or improper firing, a neutral third party will hear your side and the employer's side of the case. That person, who is often retired from a legal profession, will look at the legal aspects of the case and make a determination. That determination is usually binding.

What can I do if I'm asked to sign one of these agreements?

Generally, signing the employment arbitration agreement is required for employment. You can read over the agreement to ensure that it is fair. You have the right to seek the advice of a legal professional before you sign the agreement. In some cases, it is possible to negotiate new terms to the agreement. In order to do so, you should make sure that you are clear about what you feel needs to be altered.

There are some cases in which you might be able to appeal the decision of an arbitrator. Seeking help as soon as possible after the decision is made might help you to learn your options so you can make a swift decision about how to proceed.

Source: FindLaw, "Employment Arbitration Agreements" accessed Mar. 05, 2015

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