Employment

  • Dispute involving wrongful termination and discrimination of an insurance company against an Iranian-Armenian man. The defendant claimed that the termination was due to the plaintiff’s inability to produce based on their standards and there was no discrimination since they still have a large number of Iranian-Americans working there. In this case the mediator must pay attention to cultural factors and the final determination was reached by paying close attention to the power distance. The plaintiff was from a culture with High Power Distance. Therefore, the statement of the person in the position of perceived power would be given higher deference.

  • In a wrongful termination action plaintiff claimed that he was terminated because he had filed a worker’s compensation claim as a result of the injury at work. Defendant claimed that he was terminated because there was no job where plaintiff could work with the work restrictions that the physicians had placed on him.