Week2 - Ms Krupetskiy Dr Wehmhoefer BA 495-E 11 July 2009...

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Ms. Krupetskiy Dr. Wehmhoefer BA 495-E 11 July 2009 Group #3 Final Paper After discussing the situation about a manager who is being approached by his friend/co- worker about upcoming layoffs with my fellow students using an egalitarian approach, we have agreed upon the fact that this is the right theory to use in this case. An egalitarian must base his decision on the principle of equal liberty and opportunity. 1 His approach should be based on social justice – “a conception of justice that is suited to a well-ordered society.” 2 Therefore, one must take into account an employee’s talents and achievements, rather than his/her connections with that manager. As a group we’ve decided that the manager would talk to that person about the upcoming events and would let him know that their division would be impacted by layoffs. However, “layoffs would be solely based on the abilities and skills that all team members should have” 3 and the manager’s responsibility would be to make sure that the least-advantaged employee would be better-off. We favor this approach due to its cons. We like the fact that everyone is considered to be equal. Rawls suggests “a society that recognizes its members as free and equal moral persons.” 4 Thus, an egalitarian would hire and fire people according to their talents, and not because of their race, ethnicity, age, or family connections. This approach seems to be fair. I believe that people today have gone a little bit too far hiding behind the discrimination laws and filing lawsuits left and right. In my opinion, if a person is great at his or her job, then they won’t have a problem finding one.
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Another pro to egalitarian theory is that it protects the least-advantaged person. This way everyone in the society will be equal because the better-off person won’t mind sharing with the least-advantaged one in order to achieve the balance. Moreover, Ms. Kahl mentioned that egalitarians view people “as self-interested agents, who evaluate principles according to whether they help or hinder them in achieving their ends.” 5 Thus, a manager, while achieving his own self-interest, will make the company better-off as well by having the most talented crew possible. In addition, in egalitarian theory the members of the society start at the original position, knowing nothing about their status, abilities, race, etc, but rather basing their decision of what is just on the knowledge of psychology, sociology, and politics. 6 Thus, the members will only agree on a certain decision if they would consider it fair by being in the least-advantaged person’s shoes. They will offer proposals until they can come to a unanimous agreement, as noted by Boatright. Egalitarian theory has some cons that are outweighed by its pros. Some of the cons are
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