Essay on Case Study : Kathryn Mcneil

1154 Words Sep 24th, 2007 5 Pages

The case of Kathryn Mc Neil deals with the issue of separation in the workplace regarding the nonperformance of a single mother whose work was suffering because of the tremendous additional burden of raising a child. The case was written in 1994 but in the intervening years significant decisions have been made by the law (in the US) protecting the rights of the single mother. The debate is no longer exclusively about professionalism versus corporate responsibility but the new phenomenon of a third gender in the workplace.


The primary figure in the case is Charles Foley, VP of a computer retailing firm Sayer Micro World and the case is to be analyzed through his perspective. Foley, together with his Director
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The question of termination is justified in this case as there is some effect on McNeil's performance and when put on probation, she would have to make the choice between her professional and family life. But McNeil was clearly an above average performer and mentioned her family priorities during her selection process and furthermore, was not given the adequate support by her superiors.

Mothers are still treated as if they were a third gender in the workplace. Among people ages 27 to 33 who have never had children, women's earnings approach 98 percent of men's but this sharply contrasts to the 72% of working mothers. (Boston Globe: "Lawsuit sets precedent against misperception of working moms" by Diane E. Lewis, 2000)
An organization must provide a conducive work environment for their employees. They are not absolved to their responsibility to society and it is their duty to help secure the family lives of their employees and provide essential social services. This will ultimately result in the better quality of work and input into the company and society as a whole.

Part II
Personal Values

"Where do individual managers and executives personal values fit into the data about CSR?" CSR is a concept which encourages organizations to consider the interests of society by taking responsibility for the impact of the organization's activities on customers, employees, shareholders,

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