Long term Public employee (no other negative issues in personnel file and ALL good to above in performance reviews) discharged for supposed misconduct, appeal set in a month (finally) but was court ordered into mediation which did not work, now employer wants a pre-hearing conference...What does this mean? Can a settlement be reached at this pre-hearing conference? What actually goes on at these conferences.....
Your question lacks sufficient context. You don't say whether you are in federal court or in state court. And, more to the point, you don't indicate what the hearing itself will deal with. The pre-hearing conference will likely deal with legal issues concerning the conference -- perhaps discussions as to evidence, any motions that may be necesary, and the like. A settlement can be discussed at any time, but some courts are more amenable to helping to facilitate settlement than others, and the fact that mediation just recently ended unsuccessfully suggest that settlement discussions are not terribly likely at the pre-hearing conference.
This might be a good time for you to consider hiring an attorney.
Good luck to you.
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State courts in Minnesota routinely hold pre-hearing conferences (also called pre-trial conference) to go over hearing issues. This is typically scheduled by the court, and does not require a party to request it. You should be able to call the court administrator to find out what will be handled at the conference.
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