Nevada Equal Rights Commission
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the Equal Rights Commission require the parties to participate in mediation?
Participation in the mediation program is strictly voluntary. If either
party declines to participate in mediation, the charge will be processed
just like any other charge.
Who mediates charges?
mediators who are experienced and trained in mediation and equal
opportunity law are assigned to mediate charges. Mediators
are neutral unbiased professionals with no stake in the outcome of the
what point in the administrative process will mediation take place?
will usually take place early in the process prior to an investigation
of the charge. Offering mediation to the parties prior to an
investigation saves Commission resources by avoiding the investigation
of a charge that might be appropriately resolved through mediation. In
addition, mediation prior to an investigation prevents the hardening of
positions that can occur during a lengthy investigation.
Can a party request mediation?
Either party can request mediation as long as both parties agree to
the mediation process confidential?
Commission maintains strict confidentiality in its mediation program.
The mediator and the parties must sign agreements that they will keep
everything that is revealed during the mediation confidential. The
mediation sessions are not tape-recorded or transcribed. Notes taken
during the mediation by the mediator are destroyed. Furthermore, in
order to ensure confidentiality, the mediation program is insulated from
the Commission's investigative and litigation functions. Mediators only
mediate charges. They are precluded from performing any other functions
related to the investigation or litigation of charges.
Who should attend a mediation session?
charging party and a representative of the respondent should attend the
mediation session. The person representing the respondent should be
familiar with the facts of the charge and have the authority to settle
the charge on behalf of the respondent.
Can the parties bring an attorney or other representative to the
it is not necessary to have an attorney or other representative in order
to participate in the mediation program, either party may choose to do
so. The mediator will decide what role the attorney or representative
will play during the mediation. The mediator may ask that they provide
advice and counsel, but not speak for a party. If a party plans to bring
an attorney or other representative to the mediation session, he or she
can discuss this with the mediator prior to the mediation session.
all charges eligible for mediation?
Commission evaluates each charge to determine whether it is appropriate
for mediation considering such factors as the nature of the case, the
relationship of the parties, the size and complexity of the case, and
the relief sought by the charging party. Charges that the are determined
to be without merit are not eligible for mediation.
What happens to a charge if it is not resolved in mediation?
charge is not resolved during the mediation process, the charge is
returned to an investigative unit, and is processed just like any other
Are the parties required to pay for the mediation?
is no fee for the mediation.
What happens if a party does not comply with an agreement reached in
agreement reached during mediation is enforceable in court just like any
other settlement agreement resolving a charge of discrimination filed
with the commission. If either party believes that the other party has
failed to comply with a mediated settlement agreement, he or she should
consult a private attorney.
The Nevada Equal Rights Commission is not a party to a settlement
agreement, nor does it enforce settlement agreements.
Does mediation work?
Participants in the mediation program indicate a high degree of
satisfaction with the program. It is a fair and efficient process that
can avoid a lengthy investigation and the possibility of unnecessary
Can information revealed during a mediation session be used during an
investigation if the charge is not resolved during mediation session?
the entire mediation process is strictly confidential, information
revealed during the mediation session cannot be disclosed to anyone
including other Commission personnel. Therefore, it cannot be used
during any subsequent investigation.
charges ever settle for non-monetary benefits?
many cases, the settlement involves a non-monetary benefit. The
Commission supports settlement agreements that are acceptable to both
parties, including agreements that do not include money.
a respondent, if I believe the charge has no merit, why should I
participate in mediation?
provides a neutral and confidential setting where both parties can
openly discuss information about the underlying dispute. Through
enhanced communication, mediation can foster improved working
and business relationships and a better understanding of factors which
may be affecting the overall business environment.
information about mediation, contact the Equal Rights Commission office.
1820 East Sahara
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Phone (702) 486-7161
Fax (702) 486-7054
1325 Corporate Blvd.
Reno, NV 89502
Phone (775) 823-6690
Fax (775) 688-1292
711 or 800-326-6868
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