Conflict Resolution in the Workplace
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What Are Some Common Workplace Conflicts?
Workplace conflicts can often arise in a variety of work settings and situations. They can involve disputes between co-workers as well as disputes between workers and employers. Federal and state laws regulate conflicts in the workplace. In many cases, workplace conflicts can lead to state or federal investigations into the matters.
Some common workplace conflicts include:
- Wrongful termination
- Wage and hours disputes
- Other pay/benefits disputes
- Personal disputes between co-workers
What Is Conflict Resolution in the Workplace?
Conflict resolution in the workplace often refers to internal dispute resolution efforts that are put into place by the management. These can include services provided by the company such as:
- Human resources intervention
- Work-sponsored mediation
- Other remedies such as putting an employee on probation or terminating them
Thus, conflict resolution is often aimed at remedying or preventing conflicts or hostile work environments using the company’s own resources. This can sometimes be enough to provide resolve the situation and correct any misconduct in the workplace.
What If Workplace Conflict Resolution Is Not Sufficient?
On the other hand, if workplace conflict resolution isn’t enough to remedy the situation, it may be necessary for the parties to take legal action. They may need to file a civil lawsuit for damages, or they can file a complaint with a government agency such as the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Center). These avenues of relief may be needed for more serious conflicts and violations, such as those involving harassment or discrimination (these can often involve federal violations).
Do I Need a Lawyer to Help with Conflict Resolution Issues?
Workplace conflicts may often require the assistance of a qualified employment lawyer. You may wish to hire a lawyer if you need help filing a claim or if you will be contacting a government agency. Your attorney can provide you with legal representation, research, and advice. Also, if you need to discuss matters during a work-sponsored conflict resolution session, the presence of a lawyer can sometimes be necessary.
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Last Modified: 07-25-2014 02:57 PM PDT
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