Generally, your best bet in mediation would be to go in with your highest number tallied for all these and present the same as you opening offer. The mediator will then meet with you and or the other party privately, and you should be willing to settle the matter for some figure less than your highest offer. Likewise the other side should come up from its lowest offer. There may also be actions you want the company to take - like make your fringe benefits or pension payments or grant you a promotion, these demands should also be made clear.
This should give you a good idea of where to start your settlement discussions. No one gets everything they demand in bargaining, but knowing what the law allows is key.
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Thank you so much for your great expertise! This is a great help to me in knowing what my range of compensation.
Q1.Since I haven't at this point, released EEOC to mediate for me, but me and my new administrator are mediating in house only, do I still have the same compensation parameters as you outlined?
Q2. Since I am mediating without legal guidance or EEOC do you think I am safe to do this? Reason I ask this is I don't want them to come up with some other crazy stuff if they decide to award me. I definitely will not quit my job, but have 4 more years to full retirement for SS. The one piece is that I have all the documentation for the past 8 years of all the unfair treatment.
3. Since it is known there has been lots of inequality towards me, it would be safe to have as part of my negotiations that there be no retaliation? With my new VP, everything will be okay as long as he is here because he does not approve of such treatment.
3. Since it is known there has been lots of inequality towards me, it would be safe to have as part of my negotiations that there be no retaliation? With my new VP, everything will be okay as long as he is here because he does not approve of such treatment. -- You can try to incorporate that into a potential settlement, but, legally, you already have that. It is unlawful to retaliate against anyone for reason that they initiated a claim or cooperated in a civil rights claim.
Hope this helps. Let me know if I can be of further assistance. Thanks.
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