Category Archives: Employment Law

Zeytoonian new Director of ADR at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

After 10 years as founder and principle of Dispute Resolution Counsel, LLC, Michael Zeytoonian has accepted a newly created position as the Director of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), joining the MCAD in June, 2019. This new role at the MCAD is the perfect challenge for Michael, combining work in his favorite area of …

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Thinking about using mediation to resolve your employment dispute without going through litigation first?

Recently I got a call from a small business employer. He knew I was an employment lawyer and that I represent small, closely-held or family businesses and that I was also a mediator handling all kinds of business, workplace or community disputes. He had received a letter from a lawyer representing one of his employees alleging sexual harassment in the …

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If You Want Your “Day in Court”, Don’t Go to Court

“I want my day in court.” This is one of the most frequent desires and sentiments expressed by a new client in our initial conversation about their legal dispute.   Here are some other common emotional responses when someone finds themselves in a dispute: “I want justice to be done.”  “The other side has to pay for what he/she/it did to …

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Dispute Resolution for Business and Transactional Lawyers Focus of BLN June Program

Urging business and transactional lawyers to take some dispute resolution (DR) training and add some DR expertise to their toolbox of legal skills, Michael Zeytoonian and Jeffrey Fink presented a talk on DR to the Business Lawyers Network (BLN) at its monthly meeting on June 14.  The meeting was hosted by Howard Zaharoff and Scott Connolly of Morse Barnes-Brown Pendleton …

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MBA Symposium at UMASS Boston Looks at the Future of Dispute Resolution

The trend – now and in the future – in how people, lawyers, mediators and arbitrators are approaching dispute resolution was the focus of a panel at UMASS Boston on May 19, 2017.  The panel was part of an all-day Dispute Resolution Symposium presented by the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) Dispute Resolution Section and sponsored and hosted by the UMASS …

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Should Discretionary Clauses be built into Workplace Laws?

Sometimes, when you cast out a big net, you catch a lot of fish that you weren’t intending to catch. When fishing, a fisherman has the option of sifting through his catch to check what is there, keep what he wants and throw the rest back in the water. With a minor interruption of their activities, the unwanted fish can …

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First, assess your options for resolving disputes

I’ve heard people who are in a business or employment dispute often complain, “I’m stuck in this dispute, and now we’ll have to litigate. I have no options.” If you take nothing else from this blog post, know this: They are usually wrong; there are options. Most people in disputes don’t know they have options and if they do still …

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How You Go About Resolving Your Dispute Is Up To You

Part III in a series about tiered dispute resolution clauses One point we want to drive home with clients in this series about tiered dispute resolution clauses is that parties have the right and the need to find the right process choice. Not only do parties have options, but with good, creative advice from their lawyers, they can sometimes design …

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What does “Getting My Day in Court” mean, really?

What typically happens to a person who is in a dispute and wants to “get his/her day in court”? Much of my practice is either representing employers or employees in employment disputes or mediating employment disputes. The first call from an upset … Continue reading

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