A recent article by Professors Alexander Colvin (Cornell University) and Mark Gough (Pennsylvania State University)  in the Industrial & Labor Relations Review provides some interesting results about the practice of employment arbitration.  In examining over 2000 employment arbitration decisions resulting in an award, Colvin & Gough find that “large-scale employers who are involved in more arbitration cases tend to have higher win rates and have lower damage awards made against them.”  They also find that “employers that use the same arbitrator on multiple occasions win more often and have lower damages awarded against them than do employers appearing before an arbitrator for the first time.”  Finally, the study finds that “self-represented employees tend to settle cases less often, win cases that proceed to hearing less often, and receive lower damage awards.”  See Individual Employment Rights Arbitration in The United States: Actors and Outcomes, Volume 68(5), 2015, ILR Review.