About Jennifer KeatonMs. Keaton is a practicing attorney in the State of Georgia who serves as a mediator and arbitrator of disputes, conducts school and workplace investigations (e.g., sexual harassment complaints), and provides other neutral services. Ms. Keaton mediates various kinds of disputes. In addition to her expertise in Labor & Employment matters, Ms. Keaton also mediates separations and divorces. Married with three children and a former school teacher, Ms. Keaton provides separating parents with mediation support that keeps children's interests at the forefront of the resolution in how families move forward after a break-up. Parents who want to minimize the impact of their separation appreciate the attention paid to non-legal aspects of separation and divorce. Ms. Keaton's legal practice has focused on Labor & Employment matters for nearly a decade. She graduated from Davidson College and earned her M.Ed. from Columbia University. After teaching school, Ms. Keaton worked for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the North Carolina Legal Aid as a Martin Luther King Fellow. After earning her law degree at Wake Forest University, Ms. Keaton began her career as an attorney in Atlanta, Georgia in 2001. Her practice predominantly involves civil rights (discrimination, harassment, retaliation), constitutional (First Amendment, privacy, Due Process, Equal Protection), and related tort claims, with an emphasis on employment and labor matters. Her litigation experience, having worked on both sides of the fence, has served her well with respect to her ADR work. Ms. Keaton also is a registered Mediator who is paneled with multiple courts within the State of Georgia. Ms. Keaton also frequently makes presentations to such organizations such as the Georgia Association of Educators, the Georgia Local Government Personnel Association, and the Institute of City and County Attorneys.
Research confirms what HR Professionals already knew: employees that are in the divorce process are often less productive, stressed, and more prone to distractions and increased absenteeism. A recent study by Integrated Organizational Development estimated the cost per worker going through a divorce at about $8,300, an amount that not only quantifies the decrease in productivity of the affected employee, but that number also incorporates Continue reading →