Human Relations Commission Alternative Dispute Resolution Program
Human Relations Commission (HRC) Alternative Dispute Resolution (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.