This article (by a concerned supporter) explores this criticism of mediation. Part II surveys the critics who argue that mediation's informality and lack of procedure disadvantages members of minority groups and women. Part II then takes the next step that the critics have not taken, explaining how mediation could affect adversely disadvantaged groups. Part III suggests solutions to the problem which involve a greater level of mediator intervention than is generally accepted and defends these solutions.
Isabelle R. Gunning,
Diversity Issues in Mediation: Controlling Negative Cultural Myths,
1995 J. Disp. Resol.
Available at: https://scholarship.law.missouri.edu/jdr/vol1995/iss1/5