Business Law I – Wkly Assgmts
Whistleblowing - Week 1
Read Case Question #30 on age 27 of your text. Provide a discussion for each of your
answers to questions a, b and c.
In the case of Ayer, the engineer, withholding information from consumers in accordance with
their safety and well-being, I believe to be a moral dilemma between the obligations of the
corporation and the rights of the consumer.
If Ayer chooses to ignore the knowledge of wrongdoings, he is, not only likely to be
in violation of the corporation’s code of ethics, but he is also denying the moral
obligation that the corporation has to its customers, suppliers and employees. If he
does not address it, the manufacturers will more than likely continue to act in
If Ayer did nothing due to his concern of a freeze of manufacturing, thus resulting in
loss of jobs, he should consider the safety of the consumers and how he would feel
if individuals were seriously injured or killed. He should weigh the consequences of
both situations and make his decision based on which outcome would cause more
In addition, if a lawsuit was filed against the corporation due to negligent
products discovered by consumers; that would also create disruption of operating
procedures within the corporation.
If Ayer released his findings to the media, he should do it anonymously in order to
keep his status intact with the corporation. Ideally, manufacturers would address
and correct the issue promptly. Depending on how they go about this, would
determine if they were able keep their reputation intact with employees, suppliers,
and consumers. On the other hand, if the issue was denied and therefore not fixed,
it could lead to a drop in shareholder satisfaction, thus leading to a drop in
In addition, the government has enacted legislation to ensure fair labor practices and to enforce
statutes. These include The Federal Sentencing Guidelines
Administrative Law - Week 1
Research a federal agency online and discuss each of the following questions:
What businesses does the agency oversee or regulate?
Why is important that this agency oversee or regulate these
What recent action or ruling has the agency made?
One federal agency that exists to protect the safety and well being of citizens of the
United States of America is the FDA. The Food and Drug Administration is an
agency within the Department of Health and Human Services that is
responsible for protecting the public health. They oversee the nation’s food
supply, human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices,
cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The FDA regulates all businesses