Rollins Ethicist Case Study

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That is indeed an uncomfortable situation. You could jeopardize your reputation by vouching for your friends fluffed up resume, or you could tell your friend you don’t think you will be able to put your reputation on the line for to support his falsified background. This is a super difficult decision to make, so let’s look at it from a few different perspectives. First we should look at this through the lens of the categorical imperative framework. If every applicant had a person within the company vouching for their friend’s exaggerated résumé, would it be beneficial? When it comes down to it, this would be beneficial only to the friends who are looking for a job. The company would have a falsified selection pool and would only be able
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I think it’s also safe to say that any “friend” who is asking you to lie and risk your job/reputation is not a real friend. Yours truly, Rollins Ethicist
Concerned Colleague, Initially this dilemma had me stumped. If you’re going to tell the boss, you really need to think of it from these perspectives. You could either choose to tell the boss and hope that she gets treated fairly, or you could decide she has the right to not inform her boss if she so chooses. If you look at this situation from the ethical framework of justice, you should believe that the decision maker has knowledge of all situations and makes a fair and equitable decision. Emma seems to have a disadvantage, so treating her the same way a perfectly healthy and capable person would be treated is a bit unfair. She is not capable of the intense workload all the time, the justice framework would find a way for her to work around her disadvantage. Seems to me like your boss would easily cut Emma some slack after you made the choice to tell him. In this framework, not telling the boss would be
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For example, if you wouldn’t want it posted on the front page of the New York Times, you’re doing something socially unacceptable. Therefore, you’re violating the ethical framework of virtue. Society easily sees this as stealing from the company because not only are you wasting company time by running errands while you should be working, but you are also depreciating the value of the car and stealing gas for your own personal needs. Look at it this way: would you fancy a NY Times piece including your full name with a Header that said, “Business man steals company car for an errand extravaganza.” Probably not. (at least I hope

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