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CRITICAL QUESTION? Are you a zealot or heroin/hero when you blow the whistle on your company ? Whistle Blowing and Professional Responsibility Sissela Bok High stakes for Individual Reassignment, legal costs, downgrades at work, work with responsibility, constructive harassment, starting over

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CRITICAL QUESTION?

Are you a zealot or heroin/hero when you blow the whistle on your company?


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Whistle Blowing and Professional ResponsibilitySissela Bok

  • High stakes for Individual

    • Reassignment, legal costs, downgrades at work, work with responsibility, constructive harassment, starting over

    • Organization

      • Mutual Suspicion, hiding behind executive privilege or national security


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  • QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED

    • Level of harm to public (imminent threat tied to accused)?

    • Level of loyalty to firm and other employees?

    • How will action be perceived (disgruntled worker, financial gain - book deal)?

    • How accurate is the information?

    • Am I acting out of religious or dogmatic positions?

    • Am I articulate enough to create a following?

    • Are the issues legitimately private?


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CRITICAL QUESTION?

Do you own your job?


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Employment at Will and Due ProcessWerhane and Radin

  • “Employment at Will

    • an employee may quit their job for any reason or no reason and the employer may terminate an employee for any reason or no reason that does not violate the law.


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WORK AND WORKERS

  • Union Workers

    • Pay for protections through wage concessions

  • Public Workers

    • Protected by law from political terminations

  • Private Employees/Due Process

    • A procedure including a hearing of facts, trial, grievance procedure, or appeal of a work related decision.

    • When cases involved just cause for termination or violation of public interests employees won 67% of cases


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Support

Property rights of employer to make a profit

Both parties free to quit

Taking a job implies termination at will

Further government involvement will harm business

Against

Line between public and private worker is blurring

Public has a right to have stable employment

Due process is a moral imperative if organizations are allowed into a society

ARGUMENTS


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In Defense of the Contract at Will DoctrineRichard A. Epstein

  • FAIRNESS

    • Freedom to Contract is an aspect of personal liberty

    • It favors utility in that it allows for adjustments without litigation

  • DISTRIBUTION

    • Allows for the free exchange of labor. Only people strongly in favor are lawyers and interests groups who administer the new laws


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TEST TWO

PAGES 159 - 323


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Employment SecurityRosabeth Moss Kanter

  • Clash between job-tenure ideal in the past and job-insecurity realities of 2000.

  • How realistic is Kanter’s New Policy

    • Page 323-324.


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