HRC Alternative Dispute Resolution Program
HRC’s ADR Program is a meeting between Complainant and Respondent wherein a neutral third party, (In-House Mediator), assists the parties in reaching an agreement to resolve the dispute.
- The meeting is not a forum to prove/establish wrongdoing.
- The meeting is not a forum to seek revenge for perceived wrongdoing or affirmation of any previous action taken.
- Attorneys may accompany parties for consultation purposes; however, the attorney will be placed in a location separate from the meeting.
Benefits of ADR Program & Mediation
- The process is fair and efficient
- It is often a more expedient alternative to the Investigative process
- It is an informal process
- The meeting is facilitated by an ADR Specialist who is trained in practicing neutrality in order to assist parties reach an agreement and not determine wrongdoing
- The parties are allowed to tailor their own agreement.
Conciliation is a mandatory ADR effort. It is mandated by the County Code where the Executive Director has made a “cause finding” that discrimination has occurred or where the Commissioners having reviewed the case for a public hearing see some benefit of the parties attempting to resolve the matter without a full public hearing. Conciliation must be attempted by the Executive Director within 20 days after a cause finding. Prince George’s County Code Sec. 2-203 et seq.
Diagram of a Mediated Case