Finding that the grievant's termination fell short of the requirements of due process,* the arbitrator concluded that as the grievant "was not provided even rudimentary due process" prior to being terminated, the employee's termination "must be found to be without just cause."
Outside of these narrowly circumscribed exceptions, courts lack authority to review arbitral decisions, even where an arbitrator has made an error of law or fact. Indeed, notes the decision, "An arbitrator is not bound by principles of substantive law or rules of evidence, and may do justice and apply his or her own sense of law and equity to the facts as he or she finds them to be", citing Matter of NFB Inv. Servs. Corp. v Fitzgerald, 49 AD3d 747.
Further, said the Appellate Division, courts lack the power to review the legal merits of the arbitration award, or to substitute the court's judgment for that of the arbitrator, "simply because it believes its interpretation would be the better one."