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Running head: THE WORKPLACE 1 The Workplace: At-Will and Unethical Sandra Michele Dorsey Legal Environment/BUS670/MOD1726A Professor Mark Cohen August 7, 2017
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THE WORKPLACE 2 Honorable workplace ethics are imperative for a creating a cohesive and productive work environment. Unfortunately, morality is often subject to an individual’s interpretation. For example, managers that force employees to compete against each other or a supervisor taking credit for an employee’s work may not directly violate company policy but it should be considered immoral behavior. Illegal actions such as, employees stealing office supplies, misrepresenting hours worked, bullying or committing wrongful firing practices can also create an environment where unethical work practices are routine and acceptable. Unethical behavior often goes unreported because employees fear it will damage their careers, strain working relationships, or cause them to be labeled as whistle blowers. Unethical practices can quickly evolve into toxic working environments where the employees and the business suffer. While it may not rise to the level of being illegal, unethical behavior in the workplace can lead to negative consequences, if unaddressed. Unethical behavior ruins office moral, reduces work production, increases lost revenue and employee turnover. Employees Under Pressure Organizations who promote unhealthy work environments due to lack of disciplinary actions for unethical behavior encourage employees to mimic this negative behavior. Employees who feel pressured to achieve unrealistic goals or, are given directives by superiors to get results at any cost may consider employing unethical actions to accomplish their tasks. Furthermore, employees who fear being treated unfairly or losing their jobs may participate in immoral work activities because they may feel it is the only option. At-will employees can be fired at the discretion of the organization. The vast majority of individuals enter into work relationships without a contract because most states are at-will employment states. In the United States, most
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THE WORKPLACE 3 employees work without an employment agreement, and subsequently, can be fired without warning and be subjected to workplace bullying and harassment. At-Will Employment At-will employment is when the employer can dismiss an employee without cause or warning. The majority of employees find this to be an unfair system because it gives all the power to the employer but employers argue that employees are also entitled to leave a job without reason or warning. In matters that go into litigation, courts will always deny the employee any claim for loss relating to at-will dismissals unless extreme extenuating circumstances occur such as a criminal offense directly related to the dismissal. The lack of job security in the United States for the nonunion segment allows an employer to dismiss an employee for just cause, no cause or even bad cause (Trudeau, 1991). At-will practices empower
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