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Most people do not debate the conflict among rights

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Most people do not debate the conflict among rights, justice, utility, and care when they confront a serious ethical dilemma; instead they simply do what they think is right. Perhaps this is good news. However, the depth of ethical thinking varies dramatically from one person to another, and the consequences of superficial ethical thinking can be profound. For these reasons, ethicists have described a general set of principles that can help people organize their thinking about the role of ethics within an organizational context. These principles form a web of rights and obligations that connect an employee, an organization, and the world in which the organization is situated. For example, in exchange for their labor, employees enjoy three basic rights: fair wages, safe and healthy
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Unformatted text preview: working conditions, and due process in the handling of matters such as promotions, salary increases, and firing. Although there is still serious debate about the details of employees’ rights, such as the freedom from surreptitious surveillance and unreasonable searches in drug investigations, the question almost always concerns the extent of employees’ rights, not the existence of the basic rights themselves. For instance, ethicists disagree about whether hiring undercover investigators to discover drug users at a job site is an unwarranted intrusion on employees’ rights, but there is no debate about the right of exemption from unwarranted intrusion....
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