Author Archives: Maria Hanna Joseph

About Maria Hanna Joseph

Maria Hanna Joseph is Principal of Joseph Mediation. Her 25 years of experience in employment law, include 16+ of work and mediating for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination which through which she has gained valuable insight into the MCAD, its practices and decision making. This, as well as her experience in plaintiff and defense litigation, with private and public sector clients, international and local business concerns, and in issues from harassment and discrimination, to noncompetition agreements, business operation, transgender workplace matters, retaliation and many others, lend her valuable perspective for understanding and mediating an array of legal and personal issues. In terms of volume, Maria has served more than 2,000 cases. Maria's practice has been honed with study of mediation at Harvard Law School's Program of Instruction for Lawyers, negotiation at Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation, and in the disciplines of Transformative Mediation and Family/Domestic Mediation, which are significant assets in managing the personal nature of employment disputes, and conflict in general. Attorneys and parties know Maria as candid, pragmatic and persevering in her commitment to help them achieve meaningful settlements while keeping sight of their most important interests. The insight and creativity afforded by her experience and training are realized in the resolutions that manifest. These qualities, along with her demeanor and the trust she engenders, have earned Maria a reputation for being able to manage highly tense and fraught situations and individuals, and settle a wide variety of disputes and tough cases.

Why Great Negotiators Earn More Money, By Katie Shonk

Why Great Negotiators Earn More Money BY KATIE SHONK — ON OCTOBER 1ST, 2018 / SALARY NEGOTIATIONS “Great negotiators understand that the more issues they add to the negotiation, the more money they are likely to make.”  https://www.pon.harvard.edu/daily/salary-negotiations/great-negotiators-earn-money/ Having been a student of the Program on Negotiation, … Continue reading

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Why Not Include a Mediation Clause?

Terms, no matter how well constructed, are always subject to interpretation — be it a matter of definition or context.  The potential for conflict over enforcement is, therefore, ever present. Many employers and employees nowadays know the value of mediation, … Continue reading

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Stay Proactive

It may feel like once a case is filed that the outcome is out of your hands; that the chance to take proactive, ameliorating action is out of reach. That isn’t necessarily so. Pursue mediation. Mediating in the early stages … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays

This season brings to mind the many things we have to be grateful for. One for me is being part of a community of people who care about what they do and who they’re helping, and they do their best … Continue reading

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Let Employees Know the Resolution Door Is Open

Perhaps not since the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas headlines has the workplace been so charged with potential and actual reports of sexual misconduct.  Just before those events, in 1991, I’d taken my first law office job in a small labor and … Continue reading

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