One of the safeguards that comes with having a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is that disputes and discipline must follow due process
. One aspect of due process is the concept that disparate treatment is unfair. But what is "disparate treatment"?
Disparate treatment is unfair because it means subjecting people who are in a similar situation to two different standards. As stated in the "Conference Reporter"
from the Labor Arbitration Institute, "How can it be fair to give one employee a different penalty when another employee, similarly situated, received a less severe penalty for the same rule violation?" If the rules apply, shouldn't they apply in the same way for everyone? Wouldn't that be the fair approach?