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I have my first court hearing at the labour court. What happens there?

The first court hearing at the labour court is called a conciliation hearing. The special thing here is that there is no verdict at the end. Instead, an attempt is made to reach an agreement between the employee and the employer. The conciliation hearing will be attended by the employee, the employer, the respective lawyers (if applicable) and the judge. This hearing is public, meaning that the public is also allowed. The facts of the case are discussed and it is determined whether both sides see the possibility of reaching an agreement. This could be a payment, amount of compensation, etc. If an agreement is reached, the decision is put down in writing and sent to the employer and the employee. This is called a settlement. Then the procedure is over. If there is no agreement, the court can also schedule a second conciliation hearing if it sees a chance that an agreement can still be reached. If this is not the case, then there is a chamber hearing. Here too, a settlement may still be reached. If this is not the case, the labour court will reach a decision. Of course, there can also be several chamber hearings.