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be made on professional needs only, not on personal needs. She pointed
out that, in the past, a woman in the same job as a man would be fired first,
since the man was supporting a family.
W
HAT ARE YOU DOING NOW?
Well, I’ve never been someone who goes down with the ship. I left a few
months later.
CASE 7: MECHANICAL ENGINEER
Ethics Dilemma Scorecard
Public Safety & Welfare
Data Integrity & Representation
Trade Secrets & Industrial Espionage
Gift Giving & Bribery
Principle of Informed Consent
Conflict of Interest
Accountability to Clients & Customers
Fair Treatment
TELL US YOUR STORY
Three months into my new job in Research and Development,
I noticed that 20 to 30 large, palletized crates were sitting outside the
building, next to the shipping area. My company manufactured vending
machine-sized devices. Well, the devices in these crates had sat for
4 months after being sent back from Southeast Asia. The devices were
sent back for upgrades, but because of other higher business priorities,
the upgrades (which would have taken a few months) were not imple-
mented. Per the terms of the contract (and my company always met
the letter of the contract), the upgrades were due back in Southeast
Asia in a total of 6 months. Since we didn’t have enough time to com-
plete the upgrades, and didn’t want to pay penalties per the contract,
we let the devices sit. At 5 months, they were shipped back to Southeast
Asia, as is.
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