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Common Ethical Problems. Chapter 3. How to Look at Ethical Issues. What it is. A definition of the issue. Why it is an ethical problem. Professional costs and possible penalties for ethical or legal transgressions. . Human Resource Issues. Discrimination Harassment, Sexual or Otherwise.

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how to look at ethical issues
How to Look at Ethical Issues
  • What it is. A definition of the issue.
  • Why it is an ethical problem.
  • Professional costs and possible penalties for ethical or legal transgressions.
human resource issues
Human Resource Issues
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment, Sexual or Otherwise
  • Occurs when something other than qualifications affects how an employee is treated.
    • Unequal/unfair treatment
    • Intentional or unintentional
why is it an ethical problem
Why is it an ethical problem?
  • It’s at the core of “fairness” in the workplace.
  • Legal
    • Title VII of Civil Rights Act of 1964
    • Age Discrimination Act of 1967
    • The Rehabilitation Act of 1973
    • The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978
    • The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
    • The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
  • Media Coverage
  • Morale of other employees
other considerations
Other Considerations
  • Valuing diversity means treating people equally while incorporating their diverse ideas.
  • Discrimination means treating people unequally because they are, or appear to be, different.
sexual harassment
Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual harassment – unwelcome sexually oriented behavior that makes someone feel uncomfortable at work.
    • Quid pro quo
    • Hostile work environment
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Why is it an Ethical Problem

It is discrimination!

  • EEOC suit can be filed
  • Lawsuit
conflicts of interest
Conflicts of Interest
  • Bribes or kickbacks
  • Influence
  • Privileged information
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Why is it an Ethical Problem
  • Customer confidence issues revolve around fairness, honesty and respect for others. Customer relationships cannot survive without trust.
what is it
What is it?
  • When your judgment or objectivity is compromised.
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Why is it an Ethical Problem?

The basis of personal and corporate relationships is trust. Appearances of favorable to treatment to special friends erodes that trust.

  • Investigation
  • Suspension
  • Termination
  • Arrest and conviction
customer confidence issues
Customer Confidence Issues
  • Confidentiality
  • Product Safety
  • Truth in Advertising
  • Special Fiduciary Responsibilities
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Why is it an Ethical Problem?
  • Because it can affect your relationship with your customers. The issues under this topic again revolve around fairness and trust.
use of corporate resources
Use of Corporate Resources
  • Use of corporate reputation
  • Corporate financial resources
  • Providing honest information
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Why is it an Ethical Problem?

Your use of corporate resources represents fulfilling your end of the employer/employee contract.

  • Termination
  • Arrest and conviction
  • Lawsuit
blowing the whistle
Blowing the Whistle
  • Approach immediate manager first
  • Discuss with your family
  • Take to the next level
  • Contact company’s ethics or ombudsman
  • Consider going outside your chain of command
  • Go outside the company
  • Leave the company