business ethical dilemma - Copy - 1 Fraud Discriminatory Practices Sexual Harassment Student\u2019s Name Affiliation Course Professor Date 2 Table of

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1 Fraud Discriminatory Practices: Sexual Harassment Student’s Name Affiliation Course Professor Date
2 Table of Contents 1. Introduction ....................................................................................................................................... 3 2. Case Study .............................................................................................................................................. 3 2.1 Identifying “whys” ........................................................................................................................... 4 2.2 Main Implications ............................................................................................................................ 5 2.3 Possible Solutions ............................................................................................................................. 6 3. Analysis of the Ethical Dilemma ....................................................................................................... 7 4. Conclusion .......................................................................................................................................... 8 5. Reflection ............................................................................................................................................ 8 6. References .......................................................................................................................................... 9
3 1. Introduction An ethical dilemma is an identifiable problem, situation, or opportunity that requires an individual to choose from among several actions that may be evaluated as right or wrong, ethical or unethical (Raver & Nishii, 2010). Ethical dilemmas are especially significant in professional life, as they frequently occur in the workplace. Even though many companies and professional organizations adhere to their own codes of conduct and ethical standards, unethical workplace behaviors persist. People make judgments on certain scenarios based on the prevailing conditions. Employee code of conduct and ethical standards help to minimize the cases of unethical behaviors and unprofessional actions that could cause detrimental outcomes to the business. Violation of the standards may lead to disciplinary sanctions and legal liabilities depending on the nature of the violation and parties involved (Einarsen et al., 2016). Essentially, every aspect of business can become a possible ground for ethical dilemmas because morals and ethical standards translate to specific attributes based on the issues at hand. Ethical dilemmas in a professional setting may result in serious consequences for businesses and organizations due to the legal liabilities and negative reputation associated with unethical business practices (Vettori & Nicolaides, 2016). To solve ethical problems, companies and organizations should develop strict ethical standards for their employees to promote professionalism and ethical behaviors. One of the major ethical dilemmas in workplaces is sexual harassment. 2. Case Study Caroline, a 25-year old human resource professional, was the personal secretary to John, the Operations Manager, at my previous company. As the operations manager, John frequently traveled to the various branches of the company, locally and globally. In 2018, John was 55 years
4 old with a beautiful family comprised of a wife and three kids. On the other hand, Caroline had completed her master’s degree and secured a job with the company as the secretary at the operations manager’s office, held by John at the time. Essentially, the role of the secretary included secretarial duties at John’s office and other delegated duties as deemed fit. Caroline accompanied John to many of his official meetings and visits, including business conferences and cooperate summits. As per the company’s organizational structure, John’s role as the operations manager meant he was the third most powerful individual after the chief executive officer and managing director. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, telecommuting became a common practice as a means to comply with public health guidelines to prevent the spread of the pandemic. In June 2020, Caroline informed the human resource manager that she was not ready

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