What is “Just Cause?”
The Contract provides that non-probationary employees may only be terminated for “just cause.” While every case is different, some of the principles of just cause are:
1. Reasonable Rule or Order
The rule or order the employee is charged with violating should be reasonable.
The employer should notify employees of rules to be applied, and warn of the consequences of violations.
The employer, before imposing discipline, should conduct an investigation to discover whether the employee really violated the rule as charged.
4. Fair Investigation
The employer’s investigation should be conducted fairly and objectively.
The employer has the burden of proving that the employee is guilty of the charged offense.
6. Equal Treatment
The employer should apply the rule at issue even-handedly to all employees.
7. Fair Penalty
The degree of discipline imposed should be reasonable, and not excessive, in light of the seriousness of the offense and the employee’s record of service.