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Pedro “Pete” Nieto
Director, Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity
Cell: (410) 508-5081
Office: (301) 222-6843

Kia Gunter
EEO Specialist



Alternative Dispute Resolution

What is Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)?

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) refers to a variety of techniques used to resolve conflicts or potential conflicts in lieu of litigation in Federal court or through administrative proceedings.

ADR Core Principles:

  • Voluntary – Both parties must agree to participate in the ADR process.

  • Neutral – ADR mediations are conducted by a neutral third party.

  • Confidential – All parties agree to confidentiality throughout ADR proceedings.

  • Enforceable – Both parties must sign any agreements, which are enforceable by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Benefits of ADR:

  • Offers the parties the opportunity for an early, informal resolution of disputes.

  • Both parties have the opportunity to fully participate throughout the entire process.

  • Uses fewer resources (e.g., time and money) than traditional administrative or adjudicative processes.

  • A resolution will avoid several years of litigation in administrative and court proceedings.

For more information on DMA’s ADR process, see DMA OI 20-02-Alternative Dispute Resolution policy.