Ethical Issues in Management - Running head: ETHICAL ISSUES...

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Running head: ETHICAL ISSUES IN MANAGEMENT: TERMINATION 1 Ethical Issues in Management: Termination Krystal Harson MGT216 June 21, 2010 Kenna Fowler
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ETHICAL ISSUES IN MANAGEMENT: TERMINATION 2 Ethical Issues in Management: Termination In this paper the ethical issues that management faces when one has to terminate an employee will be discussed. Termination in not easy and is one of the hardest things a manager must do (Trevino & Nelson, 2007). This paper will not only discuss moral, ethical and legal issues faced by management during termination; but also this paper will discuss social issues that interfere with ethically responsible management. Finally this paper will account an ethical dilemma faced by a manager when faced with wide-scale layoffs, the decision that was made and the legalities involved with the decision. Moral, Ethical and Legal Issues Faced by Management There are many moral and ethical issues that are faced by managers in regard to termination. Managers must do what is best for the company all the while maintaining the honesty, fairness and dignity deserving of the employee being terminated (Trevino & Nelson, 2007). Trevino and Nelson give five steps in firing someone while maintaining these attributes: 1. Prepare a short but kind and honest explanation for the termination, and an explanation of the severance package (if any) should be explained. 2. If possible there should be a counselor on hand for the employee to talk with. 3. The meeting should take place in an area that is common ground, it should never take place in a private office. 4. Termination should be done face-to-face, never via phone or e-mail. 5. All information about the termination should be kept private (2007). Trevino and Nelson outline three types of termination: termination for cause, performance or layoffs (2007). In addition to ethical and moral laws governing the way that management treats termination, there are legal issues as well discrimination laws are the most
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ETHICAL ISSUES IN MANAGEMENT: TERMINATION 3 prominent of these legal issues (Trevino & Nelson, 2007). Discrimination laws that govern the workplace according to the United States Equal Opportunity Commission the following laws protect potential and current employees from discrimination: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 National Origin Discrimination Religious Accommodation Sex Discrimination Equal Pay Act of 1963 Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 Civil Rights Act of 1991 (2009) Terminations for Cause When an employee commits and offense that is grounds for immediate terminations, generally these offenses include: Theft Assault Forgery Fraud When one is terminated for cause there are fewer ethical and moral issues for
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This note was uploaded on 06/10/2011 for the course BUSINESS mgt 521 taught by Professor Klein during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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Ethical Issues in Management - Running head: ETHICAL ISSUES...

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