The mall recently informed Michael Graham that he wouldn't be coming back because they hired a new photography company that wanted a less expensive Santa. Graham had been earning $175 per hour.
Graham hired a lawyer to demand his job back and a down payment that was due Oct. 1.
News of the dispute sparked hundreds of calls, an online petition and threats to boycott the mall.
Graham and mall officials hope to have a final agreement in the coming days, according to a joint statement released by the parties Thursday.