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Dr. William J. Frey
Row 1, Col 1
What is Whistle Blowing?
It is often treated as the only form of
It always produces harm.
The moral question is whether
the harms it avoids compensates for
the harms it produces.
What are making sure the issue is important, making use of dispute resolution methods, and collecting documented evidence?
More things to do before blowing
What is the circumstance of compromise called moral complexity?
“Diversity naturally arises from our
limited powers and distinct
perspectives; it is unrealistic
to suppose that all our differences
are rooted in ignorance and
When does whistle blowing become a moral obligation?
1-3. There is a serious and considerable harm,
immediate supervisor has been notified,
and chain of command has been exhausted.
4. There is documented evidence that would
convince a third party
5. There is reasonable evidence that the harm
prevented will be greater than the harm caused
What are generic forms of ethical dissent?
What are good reasons or motives to blow the whistle?
What is another circumstance in disagreement that recommends moral compromise?
“The desirability of preserving
relationships among members
of a family or citizens of a nation”
What are bad motives for whistle blowing or for organizational dissent in general?
What are three ways of addressing value conflicts?
What is a Factual Disagreement?
Different participants have
pertinent to the situation.
What are some of the consequences suffered by whistle blowers?
1. Lost of job
2. Negative job performance evaluations
3. Having work more closely monitored by supervisors
4. Being criticized or avoided by coworkers
5. Being blacklisted from getting another job.
What are parties to whom you can blow the whistle as a last resort in responsible dissent?
An agency of the government
A non-government organization
The press or mass media
An ethics hotline
Your company’s board of directors
A professional society
What is leading an Organizational Charge?
A form of responsible dissent that
opposes without blowing the whistle
What is “circumstances of compromise”?
What are the more personal costs of whistle blowing?
1) Severe depression or anxiety
2) Feelings of isolation or powerlessness
3) Distrust of others
4) Declining physical health
5) Severe financial decline
6) Problems with family relations
What are different ways of blowing the whistle?
Anonymously or publicly
Inside the organization or outside
Alone or as part of an organizational
With or without documented evidence
With or without resigning from your
office or job
What are establishing a clear foundation, keeping arguments on a professional plane, and catching problems early?
Things to do before blowing
What is a compromise?
A decision which “splits the difference”
between the disputants. (Each side gives
in so that the result is not the
first choice of either)
When is whistle-blowing morally permissible?
1. Risk of a
“serious and considerable harm”
2. Notification of immediate supervisor
3. Supervisor has not responded and
matter has been raised before
three additional internal levels
What are the some of the requirements of a DPO or dissenting professional opinion procedure?
Includes steps such as multiple
levels of hearing, investigation by
an independent committee that
includes peer review, and filing
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