PAFF 6310 -01V
Spring Mod II
Case Study Analysis
Case #2 Odd One Out
This case involves many unethical and moral questions and concerns. Jenny was recently hired on at her dream job. Jenny has recently observed many unethical and moral issues taking place in the work place. Jenny tries to do the right thing and confront Matt, her boss, about the suspicious circumstances she has witnessed. Matt replies by acknowledging what Jenny believed to be true. Matt advises Jenny there is nothing going on and pretty much tells her see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Jenny is concerned and put in a dilemma due to the unethical and morally wrong ideals her company has demonstrated. Jenny is faced with leaving the company or stay and deal with the wrong ideals her company has shown.
Ethical Issue/ Problem
The moral agents in this case are Jenny and Matt. Once hired on, Jenny began to see unethical and moral practices done at her work to include mismanaged and misallocated grant funds, using county owned material for personal use, and cheating on hiring tests. Jenny did the right thing by speaking up and bringing the suspicious circumstances up to her boss. What Jenny did was not illegal, it was morally right to bring the circumstances to her boss’s attention. Jenny acted in accordance Aristotle’s views.
Matt is considered another moral agent. Once Jenny brought what she believed was going on towards the fore front Matt did not deny but instead suggested she not mention anything to anyone. Based off Matt’s response, he knows what is going on and refuses to correct or address the problem. This shows Matt is being unethical and is not making the right moral decisions on behalf of the organization. Based off Matt’s decision not to act, Matt believes in Hume’s theory on free will.
Kohlberg stage of Moral Development
Jenny is placed at Stage 4 of Kohlberg’s stage of Moral Development. Jenny accepts rules and sees rules as something everyone is to follow. Being in stage 4, Jenny believes she is obligated and has a duty to uphold laws and rules. Jenny understands what is going on and believes them to be unethical and...