The issue in this ethics case regards Greg’s decision on reviewing his group mate Natalie’s poor teamwork. This analysis explains how to address the issue from each of the five ethical decision-making approaches. Each approach provides different ethical actions that help lead to a right decision. Even though there are different ways to determine which approach to use in Greg’s dilemma, the best approach to use in this situation is the justice approach.
In the ethics case “Picking Up the Slack” there are notable facts of Natalie’s poor behavior and actions that negatively affect her final group project with Greg. Natalie’s poor behaviors include not paying attention in meetings, arriving late or hung over to the meetings, and not taking
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Even though Greg is providing the greatest balance of good over harm, he is still affecting Natalie whether he gives her an honest grade or not. However, the utilitarian approach deals with consequences; Greg is trying to increase the good and reduce the harm done in this situation. The second approach, the rights approach, includes that everyone has dignity based on their human nature or ability to choose freely what to do with their lives. The rights approach explains the ethical action that best protects and respects the moral rights of those who are affected. If Greg decides not to give Natalie an honest evaluation, he is deciding to protect Natalie’s GPA and last stretch to graduation. The third approach, the fairness or justice approach, deals with treating all human beings equally or fairly based on the standard that is defensible. Would it be fair for the student slacking off to receive the same grade as the student working hard? The student who isn’t pulling their weight shouldn’t receive the same grade as the student picking up their slack. Therefore, it wouldn’t be fair for Natalie to receive the same evaluation as her teammates. The fourth approach, according to the Five Sources of Ethical Standards is the common good approach, which states, “interlocking relationships of society are the basis of ethical reasoning and that respect and compassion for all others – especially the