If an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complaint does not escalate to an ADA lawsuit but does require Disability Rights Section (DRS) investigation, the Department of Justice (DOJ) may decide that the ADA Mediation Program is the best way to resolve it. To help individuals and businesses avoid expensive court fees and related costs, the DOJ often encourages the use of the ADA Mediation Program first and foremost, and will provide a professionally trained mediator to work with you and the person who filed an ADA complaint against your business.
Even though the Mediation Program boasts that it has resolved more than 3,000 ADA complaints, this does not necessarily mean that both sides had their best interests respected and protected during mediation. You are permitted and encouraged to bring an ADA defense attorney to the mediation hearing so that no major problems are overlooked.
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If there were no benefits to using the ADA Mediation Program, no one would ever use it for resolution – not businesses nor the people filing the complaints initially. As with any legal dispute, resolving the issue outside of court always has its advantages and disadvantages. Before you agree or commit to any idea, be sure you understand all angles of the issue, a task that our ADA lawyer can help you with.
Benefits of the ADA Mediation Program include:
Disadvantages of the ADA Mediation Program include:
The DOJ and DRS will decide if an ADA complaint filed against you should go through mediation or not. This means that even if you were geared for litigation, you could receive a letter notifying you of a mediation session that has been scheduled. You have the right to refuse to go through mediation if you are worried that you may end up sacrificing your best interests in order to find a middle ground with the complainant. You also have the right to cease mediations after they begin if you decide that it is not the right legal avenue to end your conflict. Do not allow the opposition to drive you to mediation if it is not correct for your case.
To prepare yourself for the best possible outcome of your ADA case, work closely with ADA Attorney Nolan Klein. He has been selected as a Super Lawyer®, featured numerous times as legal analyst on nation news media, and has obtained tens of millions in settlements and judgements for his clients. Contact our firm today to either learn more about our lead attorney or to schedule a free initial case evaluation.