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Male and Female Arbitrator Perceptions of the Arbitration Process

NCJ Number
Labor Law Journal Volume: 39 Issue: 2 Dated: (February 1988) Pages: 110-119
D J Petersen; M Katz
Date Published
10 pages
This survey of 40 members (27 males and 13 females) of the National Academy of Arbitrators elicited information on male and female arbitrators' perceptions of the arbitration process.
Regardless of gender, arbitrators were most often motivated to enter the field based on prior work experience as a mediator, labor attorney, National Labor Relations Board law judge, or teacher of labor relations. Women arbitrators were particularly disposed to view an apprenticeship as an effective means of entering arbitration. Both sexes valued their work independence and their control over their work schedules. Women enjoyed the travel more than the men. Both sexes rated financial rewards relatively low as an advantage of their profession. The major measure of professional success was the continuing acceptability by the same parties and an increasing caseload. Males were more likely than females to perceive consultation by other arbitrators as a significant success factor. Females gave more weight to an administrative position in the National Academy of Arbitrators as a success measure. Males ranked care in decision writing as a major success factor, and females emphasized the importance of a mentor as a success catalyst. Both males and females perceived that no significant barriers obstruct women from entering the field of arbitration. 10 tables and 15 footnotes.


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