Mediation is certainly less expensive than taking a case to trial. It is also less contentious for an employee who wants to make a career in the government and who will have to return to work with the same people. Mediation does not rely on hurting the other side’s feelings or making the other side furious; its basis is compromise.
Because mediation can come very late in the process for a government employee, sometimes years after the complaint was first initiated, many times the employee is out for revenge. If the employee is not willing to compromise, the employee needs to sit down with his or her attorney to examine the costs of a trial and whether or not there is a real possibility of winning the case in court. If there is not, the employee needs to reexamine his or her position on compromising.