The Reluctant Security Guard Essay

861 Words Oct 10th, 2012 4 Pages
The Reluctant Security Guard

Companies in today’s society are often required to abide by an abundant amount of rules and regulations imposed upon them which stem from government and law enforcement authority. In analyzing the Case of “The Reluctant Security Guard” we will examine the decision making process which led to David Tuff effectively ‘whistle blowing’ for what he felt was the right thing to do.
The policy that was in place for David Tuff was ultimately an oath he subscribed to when he became a security guard, as well as his integrity of being a former U.S. Marine. He was required to abide by the Security Officer’s Manual, which included obeying the rules and regulations of the Superintendent of Police. There is no ambiguity
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This conduct cannot be tolerated in business. If a business is conducting policies that are unethical and flat out dangerous to society, it should elevate through the voices of employees. A single employee trying to appeal to an outside agency needs to collectivity petition with his colleagues to be considered to change the policies of his company.
David Tuff’s actions were just in utilitarian views. His whistle blowing cost him his job, while keeping drunk drivers off the streets of Minneapolis. Had he waited for his co-workers to petition with him he would have likely been able to be rehired as far as the NLRB is concerned. Whistleblowing is an important and effective tool that should be used by employees in a concerted effort to halt crooked policies and company misconduct when necessary. In such a vast business oriented society with endless loopholes and corners that can be taken which lead to illegal and unethical actions; sometimes the only protection we have are the morally grounded employees within those firms who will stand up for what is right.

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1. M. G. Velasquez, Business Ethics: Concepts and Cases, Sixth Edition. Pg. 62 2. M. G. Velasquez, Business Ethics: Concepts and Cases, Sixth Edition. Pg.

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