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There is a moral side to employment dispute resolution

Employment dispute resolution in Michigan can be complicated, and it can be approached in many different ways. Some have noted that key factors include things like economics, contract law, and negotiation. They have likened these disputes to examples of military strategy and even game theory.

However, one expert from the University of Michigan Law School noted that there had to be a moral side to things, as well. He said this stemmed not necessarily from a religious perspective, but simply from the idea that society should treat all members of that society—and therefore all people—with both respect and dignity. This could play heavily into both the dispute itself and the way that it is resolved.

In discussing the idea, that expert went all the way back to the time of Aristotle, one of the most important teachers and writers in human history. Aristotle noted that disputes shouldn't have to be resolved only through one side using force, but that negotiation should be used. The idea here is that working things out in a peaceful manner is more likely to create a situation where people are given the respect they deserve.

Later, the writer turned to the work of Ronald Dworkin, a philosopher. Dworkin was a proponent of personal ethics and social justice. He advocated, once again, for those who had self-respect and dignity to extend those ideas to others during disputes. In this sense, he was referring to the idea of treating others, in all stations and situations, with a spirit of respect, valuing those individuals on a personal level.

Employment disputes often make workers feel that they are not respected in this fashion by their employers, that they are not being treated with dignity, and they must know their legal options when this happens.

Source: University of Michigan Law School, "The Moral Dimension of Employment Dispute Resolution," Theodore J. St. Antoine, accessed Jan. 06, 2016

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