IDHR Mediation Program

Mediation Conference Process 

NOTE:  The mediation conference is held for the purpose of settling the charge filed with the Department of Human Rights (DHR).  The mediation conference is not a fact finding conference; no decision will be made based on the merits of the case.  NO record of what the parties say will be made by the mediator or DHR.

  1. Both parties will check in with the reception desk at the conference site.  DHR will require both parties to understand and sign Mediation Rules (link available below).
  2. The mediator will make an opening statement explaining how the conference will be conducted.
  3. The participants must agree that mediation efforts will not be introduced as evidence at DHR, HRC, or any judicial or administrative body, nor will the parties subpoena the mediator to testify.
  4. Each party must have full authority to negotiate and settle at the mediation conference.
  5. Each side may make a brief statement regarding the charge and what it would consider in settlement.
  6. The mediator may talk to either party privately; the contents of these conversations may not be shared without the party''s verbal consent.
  7. The conference can be terminated at the request of either party or the mediator.
  8. If the charge is settled, the parties will not have a DHR investigation nor an HRC hearing on the merits of the charge.  A settlement will be drafted and signed at the conference by both parties.  The parties will have ten calendar days from the date of the conference to revoke their acceptance of the settlement.  If neither party notifies DHR that the settlement has been revoked, DHR will process it on the eleventh calendar day from the date of the conference.  If either party revokes the settlement, the case will be investigated.
  9. If no settlement is reached at the mediation conference, the case will be transferred to the investigation process.