Civil Rights Division Mediation
Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is a term used for methods of problem-solving that can help individuals in conflict reach a mutual agreement. ADR is an alternative to traditional avenues of conflict resolution, such as court actions and hearings. The Colorado Civil Rights Division's program includes both mediation and conciliation.
After a party files a charge of discrimination with CCRD, a Charging Party or Respondent may ask to participate in a voluntary mediation session. Our investigators can also refer a case to mediation. Mediation is an opportunity for the parties to try to resolve a charge of discrimination in a controlled and confidential setting with the help of a neutral third-party, a mediator. Our mediators hold a meeting or conference with the parties and facilitate settlement negotiations as the parties work to resolve the dispute.
The potential advantages of mediation include, but are not limited to:
- Saving time and money
- Avoiding court proceedings
- Having the opportunity to be heard
- Taking an active role in the outcome and resolution of the dispute
Although settlement of the charge is a goal of mediation, the parties are not obligated to reach a settlement agreement.
Mediation Ground Rules and Basics
We highly recommend that parties prepare for mediation. Before the mediation session, we suggest that parties think about their goals for mediation and come to the meeting with an open mind and flexibility about the potential results. CCRD requires that parties participate in mediation in good faith. Parties who should participate in mediation include those with settlement authority and the parties' attorneys, if represented. The parties may decide to bring additional individuals to mediation for support, but the mediator decides whether or not they will be allowed to participate in mediation.
CCRD mediation is offered to the parties at no cost. Our mediators can facilitate mediation with all parties together, in separate rooms, or a combination of both based upon the parties' preferences and the mediator's discretion.
All parties have the right to have legal counsel present during the mediation; however, CCRD does not provide attorneys or legal counsel for the parties. The mediator cannot provide legal advice to either party. Our mediators do not make decisions about the outcome of the case, weight evidence, or take testimony. If the parties do not reach a settlement agreement during mediation, the charge of discrimination will move forward to investigation.
To request and schedule mediation, or for more information, please contact us.
Please note that there is a 48-hour cancelation policy for CCRD mediations.