Arbitration is an “alternative dispute resolution” method which can eventually culminate with a hearing or trial, but it simply occurs outside of the traditional Court process. Many employers today have mandatory arbitration provisions included in employee handbooks, employment contracts, and general employment policies, as some companies believe that arbitration is a more streamlined process than litigation in Court. Arbitrators normally are lawyers or former judges, and the arbitration process typically involves discovery and a final hearing, just as in Court, except that the arbitrator must be compensated by one or both sides to the dispute depending on the language contained in the operative arbitration provision. The decisions of the arbitrator, or panel of arbitrators, is generally final and not subject to appeal, absent proof of fraud or some other form of improper influence.
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