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Sub: Business Management                                                                Topic: Business Ethics

Ethical Duties of Employees

Question:
   1. When an employee learns of apparently unlawful behavior on the part of his or her
       employers do the employees have an ethical duty to blow the whistle on the employer?
   2. Do any ethical duties or obligations of the employees come into conflict in such a situation? If
       so, what are they, and how does the employee balance them?




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Sub: Business Management                                                                Topic: Business Ethics

Solution:
   1. The employees do have an ethical duty to blow the whistle on the employer, on account of
       learning an apparently unlawful behavior on the part of his employer.
       Though the employee has to be loyal to the organization, loyalty does not bind them to be a
       blind supporter of the unlawful activities of the organization, bowing to the pressures of the
       organization. When the organization involves in wrongful acts by breaching social standards,
       the employee has an ethical duty to show his opposition. The employee has to blow the
       whistle when the organization ignores his opposition and continue doing the acts which has
       greater consequences on the society.
       Just as he is obliged to the organization, the employee is also obliged to the society for being
       a good citizen. This rests on him a responsibility of being ethical and act in a way that
       minimizes the harm and maximizes the benefit to the society. Thus being an ethical citizen, he
       has to blow the whistle on the employer upon unlawful behavior.


   2. In such a situation, when employees need to blow the whistle on the employer, their
       obligation of loyalty and confidentiality comes into conflict. The obligation of loyalty expects
       the employee to be obedient to the company and follow the rules and regulations of the
       organization. When the employee has to take a stand, on knowing the unlawful behavior of
       the organization, his loyalty comes into conflict with his honesty. The employee is obliged not
       only to his organization but also to the society.
       Moral conflicts confront the employee at several levels (Title, 2002). The employee has to
       decide whether blowing the whistle will help the public. He has to decide whether the
       interest of the public is worth risking the responsibility he owes in the organization. And at
       last he has to overcome his fear of going out in public against his mighty organization. The
       balancing the conflicting interest of the public, the organization and the individual becomes

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