Ethics on the Job

Job hunting raises a variety of ethical dilemmas, as we saw in the previous chapter. The dilemmas don’t stop when that much-coveted job is secured. Many of them relate to how individual employees should respond when pressured to make ethical compromises. The dilemmas considered here deal with accepting gifts, dealing with sexual harassment, managing confidential information, surreptitiously obtaining information from competitors, and following instructions to that require one to mislead customers. In the process it examines the general issues of when we are responsible for the unethical behavior of others, the role of autonomy in the workplace, the meaning of confidentiality, and the age-old question of whether it can ever ...

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