Working Conditions at the Personal Products Company Essay by writingsensation

Working Conditions at the Personal Products Company
An analysis of whether a criminal action suit against the Personal Products Plc company might be possible because of the company's hazardous working conditions.
# 68710 | 1,848 words | 5 sources | APA | 2006 | US
Published on Sep 06, 2006 in Business (Law) , Business (Companies) , Law (Business) , Business (Human Resources)

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This paper discusses and analyzes the working environment and conditions at a company in Britain to determine whether the company can be held responsible for the fire that erupted on its premises. The paper looks at whether a criminal action suit can proceed against the Personal Products Plc company on behalf of the 261 people that died and the many others that were severely injured in the fire. The paper argues that, while company directors can very often act with impunity when it comes to the safety of their employees, in the case of Personal Products Plc, this may not be the case since the company's pattern of negligent attitudes regarding employee safety is quite obvious and indicative of a cavalier attitude toward corporate responsibility. The paper goes on to look at the company's insurance records to see just who might be held responsible for all of the damage caused by the fire and concludes that, ultimately, the chairman and the directors are responsible for the conditions at Perfect Products Plc with the accountants and the insurance company having only secondary responsibility.

From the Paper:

"While it is not a question of equal pay, the decision of the HRM Manager to lay off 300 workers, predominantly mainly over-50 and female workers brings to mind intimations of unequal pay. In fact, there may be a cause of action, depending on the conditions of working because the Equal Pay Act of 1970 makes it "unlawful for employers to discriminate between men and women in terms of their pay and contractual conditions" (womenandequalityunit Web site, 2005). It is possible that the move violated contractual conditions; the Act applies to both genders, and the women might find a cause of action because of the necessity of comparing their contractual treatment not with that of other women, but with that of men. If they were laid off at greater rates than men were, then it is likely they have a cause of action against Perfect Products plc on that basis."

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