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Engineers as Employees: Manager-Engineer Relationship Whistleblowing Employee Rights
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Engineers as Employees Employer Rights Employee Rights Employment at Will- common law doctrine stating that in the absence of a contract, an employer can discharge an employee at any time for virtually any reason Over time, the law has evolved toward more support of employee rights Conflict
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1967- Geary v U.S. Steel Geary had 14 years of practical engineering experience and became convinced that a new pipe was unsafe at high pressures. He protested to his direct managers without any effect. Finally, a vice president listened and agreed with Geary. A potentially deadly mistake was avoided. Geary was fired for insubordination. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld the employment at will doctrine. 1974- Murray v Microform Data Marvin Murray complained to management that a computer terminal was unsafe because it lacked a power switch to shut off the machine in an emergency. He was fired and was unemployed for almost one year. In a jury trial, Murray was awarded $20,000 in lost pay.
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1980- Pierce v. Ortho Pharmaceutical Dr. Grace Pierce, a physician was helping develop Loperamide to treat diarrhea. She believed that the drug had too much saccharin, a suspected carcinogen. She objected to its testing on humans and refused to continue working on the project citing Hippocratic Oath. She was reprimanded and demoted which compelled her to resign. The court upheld the employment at will doctrine. She appealed to the New Jersey Supreme Court and lost because… her resignation was premature she had appealed to the Hippocratic Oath, not the American Medical Association Code of Ehtics Nonetheless, this was a groundbreaking case. According to the court. ..
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“In certain instances, a professional code of ethics may contain an expression of public policy. However, not all such sources express a clear mandate of public policy. For example, a code of ethics designed to serve only the interest of the profession… probably would not be sufficient.’ Further “Employees who are professionals owe a special duty to abide not only by federal and state law, but also by the recognized codes of ethics of their profession. That duty may oblige them to decline to perform acts required by their employers.”
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Mr. Palmateer discovered some employees were storing stolen goods on International Harvester’s property. He informed the police who instructed him not to inform management about the situation. He complied with the directives of the police. When news of the arrest was made public, Mr. Palmateer was fired for insubordination. Mr. Palmateer won, although a remedy was not specified. The court ruled that if a corporation’s actions violate public
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This note was uploaded on 01/03/2011 for the course ENGR 482 taught by Professor Russell during the Fall '08 term at Texas A&M.

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