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Workplace privacy

Hypothetical examples are discussed. (1) A waitress is discharged for rudeness but, in the arbitration, the employer does not present the customer complainants, who want to remain anonymous. (2) A trucking company covertly tapes employees in restrooms, and it is challenged as an invasion of privacy. The company responds that the CBA contains extensive provisions …

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Discussion of the arbitrator’s power; arbitrators’ role in protecting individual rights; and the applicability of court decisions on due process to arbitration. The author suggests that the importance of the arbitration process to employee rights warrants incorporating some recognized due process safeguards.

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