Offering “communication without the risk,” Anonymous Employee is a Web site created to provide employees with a way to convey their problems or concerns to their employers without revealing their identities. Employment lawyers and others might look to it as a form of informal dispute resolution for their clients.

The way it works, according to information on the site, is this: After completing the free registration, the employee writes a message describing the problem and proposing a solution, and specifies the company and company official to receive the message. AE contacts the company by phone or e-mail and explains the process. If the company agrees to participate, AE directs it to a secure log-in, where it can review the anonymous message and respond. The employee and employer can continue to send messages back and forth attempting to negotiate a solution, and can bring others into the exchange.

If this back-and-forth fails to resolve the problem, AE also offers users the option of requesting professional mediation or legal advice. The site provides no information on how or from where it draws mediators and lawyers.

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