By traditional definition, Justice is classified as “the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness”. However, how one perceives what justice is differs on an individual basis. Often times, people consider something as justified by completing a task that might be considered degenerated by others, although, this is an ongoing debate on how individuals perceive as what “justice” really is. However, in my opinion, justice is something essential to maintain order in society. It is difficult to establish a particular definition for justice as one’s perception of right and wrong varies individually. Also, if someone perceives something as right today, might not think the same of it tomorrow. An illustrative example could be of someone practicing a particular ritual from a particular group (i.e. KKK group may seem racists and extremists to outsiders, but to its practitioners they find its philosophy appropriate and its rituals just). If an individual from such group strays from the beliefs of that group, they might find their rituals or actions wrong and not justified. Moreover, when exclusions occur, something that is perceived correct may not seem right, or something that is considered wrong might become right. Justice is not as straightforward as telling the colors black and white apart. Because justice is an important part of an individual’s life and the general society, laws are made to guard individuals from being treated diversely. Therefore, it is comprehended that the definition of justice is always conformed according to the general society or group’s philosophy and norms.
In order to better understand this broad term I will describe how justice is adjudicated in the corporate world. There are three types of justice perceived within organizations which include; distributive, procedural and, interpersonal.
To begin with, distributive justice refers to the fair allocation of goods (whether monetary in the form of pay or non monetary in the form of fringe benefits) within an organization. This means that distributive justice is present within an organization when the budget has been distributed equitably amongst organizational members so that those members who have contributed the most to the organization (pre-determined via an HR process) ultimately reap the greatest benefits (tangible and non-tangible).