Wage & Hour

Wage and Hour Disputes can be highly acrimonious and technical. Fortunately, they can be resolved through mediation, allowing the parties to avoid costly litigation. Mae’s experience in working with people in the healthcare and restaurant industries makes her qualified to help parties resolve overtime, meal, and rest break disputes. Her mediation style is both evaluative and facilitative. Mae is a trained negotiation and dispute resolution practitioner and has many years of experience in wage and hour litigation. 

Workplace Discrimination

Workplace disputes involving discrimination can be highly charged which can make it challenging for parties to resolve these conflicts on their own. When emotions are high and parties are entrenched in their position, disputants need a third-party neutral who can see the facts objectively and have the skills to get parties to work towards a resolution. Mae takes pride in being a focused and tenacious mediator that can help employers and employees resolve disputes related to workplace discrimination based on age, race, disability, and gender such as identifying as LGBTQ. 

Workplace Harassment

Like workplace discrimination, workplace harassment disputes can be complicated and contentious. When a claim alleging workplace harassment is filed it can be upsetting for everyone including the attorneys involved. A lot is at stake and that is why a third-party mediator can help parties navigate through the emotional components of a dispute. A skilled mediator can help parties parse out and work through issues that are blocking them from resolving their case. Mae understands the complex and delicate dynamics of workplace harassment disputes. She is passionate and tenacious at resolving disputes and will not stop until all parties have exhausted their efforts.

Landlord-Tenant Disputes & Civil Harassment Restraining Order

Mediation is often the best course forward for disputes between landlords and tenants. Mae has helped landlords, Homeowners Associations (HOA), tenants, homeowners, and roommates resolve disputes that can potentially turn into contentious and expensive litigation. Mae can also facilitate mediation with parties who are facing issues related to recent Covid-19 restrictions.

Mae has also helped many involved in sensitive and high-stakes civil harassment – restraining order matters. Restraining order petitions can be resolved in mediation. Parties are often satisfied with the terms and conditions agreed upon by the parties. This means a higher likelihood of parties complying with the agreement.  

Organizational Disputes

Organizational mediation is a specialized conflict resolution method designed to address and resolve disputes within businesses and other organizational settings. This process involves a neutral third-party mediator who facilitates discussions between parties involved in a conflict, helping them to explore underlying issues, understand each other’s perspectives, and work collaboratively towards a mutually acceptable solution.

The primary goal of organizational mediation is to restore and enhance workplace harmony, improve communication, and strengthen professional relationships. By addressing conflicts constructively, mediation helps prevent the escalation of disputes and reduces the negative impact on team morale and productivity.

Organizational mediation can be applied to a variety of conflicts, including disagreements between employees, tensions between management and staff, or issues within teams. The process is confidential, which encourages open and honest communication without fear of repercussions. It is also more cost-effective and less time-consuming than formal litigation or prolonged internal disputes.

This mediation approach not only resolves existing conflicts but also equips individuals and teams with the skills to manage future disagreements more effectively. Implementing organizational mediation demonstrates a commitment to maintaining a respectful and collaborative work environment, ultimately benefiting the entire organization

Divorce and Parenting Plan

Divorce mediation is a constructive and often beneficial alternative to traditional divorce litigation. It’s a process where separating couples work together with a neutral third-party mediator to resolve disputes and reach mutually agreeable decisions regarding key aspects of their divorce, such as asset division, child custody, and support arrangements. This process fosters a collaborative environment, enabling both parties to communicate openly and work through their differences amicably.

The benefits of mediation include more control over the outcome, a typically faster resolution than court proceedings, and significantly reduced costs. Unlike court battles, mediation is confidential, preserving privacy and reducing stress. It also tends to preserve a better post-divorce relationship, which can be particularly beneficial for couples with children. Mediators help guide the conversation in a productive direction, ensuring both parties’ concerns are addressed fairly.

Choosing mediation can lead to a more personalized and satisfactory settlement, empowering individuals to create agreements that best fit their unique circumstances and future needs. This process is not only about reaching a resolution but also about laying the foundation for future interactions, making it a wise choice for couples seeking a respectful closure to their marriage.

Co-Parenting Coaching

Co-parenting coaching is a supportive service designed to assist separated or divorced parents in effectively managing their shared parenting responsibilities. The focus of co-parenting coaching is to improve communication, reduce conflicts, and foster a cooperative parenting partnership that prioritizes the well-being of the children involved.

Through co-parenting coaching, parents receive guidance on how to navigate the complexities of their new family dynamics. A co-parenting coach works with parents to develop essential skills such as conflict resolution, effective communication, and emotional management. These skills are crucial in creating a stable and supportive environment for children, helping them to adjust more comfortably to the changes in their family structure.

Overall, co-parenting coaching is an invaluable tool for parents committed to maintaining a positive and healthy family environment post-separation. It empowers parents to work together with respect and empathy, ensuring that their children’s needs remain at the forefront of their collaborative efforts.


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Mae Villanueva works with individuals and organizations involved in wage and hour, employment, construction, and landlord-tenant disputes. She is a qualified mediator who uses her skills to establish mutual understanding and assist parties crafting sustainable solutions amenable to all parties involved.