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.

Looking At Equal Pay: What It’s Based On, Where It’s Found, And the Resolution-Value of Mediation (Confidentiality) For All

To help highlight the breadth of consideration Equal Pay issues ought to receive, by plaintiffs and defendants, I found an article by Allen Smith, J.D. which I believe encapsulates the gravamen of Equal Pay litigation.  “Tougher State Laws Increase Scrutiny … Continue reading

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The Benefits Of Mediating Noncompliance Matters – Sooner Rather Than Later

Stakes over noncompliance are getting higher. Partly because there is more to keep abreast of, and partly because of increased enforcement. Recent changes in workplace law reflect a robust effort afoot to find, crack down on and deter future noncompliance … Continue reading

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What Soft Skills Can Do For You In Negotiation

What can soft skills do for you in negotiation?  Open important things:  ears, minds, dialogues, resolution pathways, and more. This is because soft skills have the ability to engender trust which, in turn, facilitates cooperation, collaboration and decision-making.  Negotiations with … Continue reading

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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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