Legal Ethics in the Work Place - A Case Study Case Study by scribbler

A look at an ethical and legal dilemma at work.
# 151881 | 1,323 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Oct 19, 2012 in Law (Civil) , Law (Labor) , Ethics (General)

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This paper examines moral, ethical and legal issues associated with a dilemma in the workplace and how an employee chooses to deal with it. The paper explores the various decisions the employee makes depending on both her legal and ethical analysis methodology and which stakeholders she chooses to protect. First, the paper presents the dilemma and the various individuals involved. Then, the paper lists the major stakeholders based on Kohlberg's theory of the Levels of Moral Maturity. Next, the paper considers a legal basis for action at work, examining various law and legislation. Finally, the paper discusses the dilemma from an ethical perspective. The paper concludes with several recommendations for the employee facing the dilemma to consider.

From the Paper:

"In reviewing the five labor or employment laws presented in Chapter 3 of the Kaplan eGuide to Ethics and the Legal Environment, it appears that only Employment At-Will Doctrine has any relevance to this case. There is no evidence in the case to support a claim of discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion or sex, thereby eliminating the Civil Rights Act. Jane is already employed by R&S Electronics thereby making the Affirmative Actions law irrelevant. Jane's age was not specifically mentioned, it was stated that she was recently out of college. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the American with Disabilities Act cannot be applied to the case since Jane's age or handicaps were not specified. However, an argument could be made that Jane was hired because she is a recent completed college - and female and therefore assumed to be easily intimidated.
"At first glance, the Occupational Safety and Health Act does not appear to apply to Jane's situation with one possible exception for Whistle Blower protection. Jane would need to review the laws in her state to confirm their relevance.
The Employment At-Will Doctrine is based upon "the employment agreement between employer and employee may be terminated by either party with or without..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • The Kaplan eGuide to Ethics and the Legal Environment. (2010). Chapters 1-3.
  • Whistleblowers. (2010). Retrieved from

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