Benjamin W. Wolkinson is an associate professor in the School of Labor and Industrial Relations at Michigan State University. He gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Pam Bloch, graduate assistant at the school, in conjunction with this article.
This article examines the protection afforded the physically handicapped worker from arbitrary dismissal as the result of the application of just cause provisions of collective agreements. The author notes that restraints have been placed on management's ability to penalize a worker because of a physical handicap. In addition, he finds that, on occasion, arbitrators oblige employers to accommodate to specific needs of the affected worker.