THE ORGANIZATIOK AQDTHE PEOPLE W IT
Carla was running a business, and even if her customers' fears might be irrational
or exaggerated, she couldn't force them to visit her shops or eat her bagels.
Carla knew it was illegal to fire Tom for havi~lg AIDS, and in any case that's not
the kind of person she was. But she couldn't afford to skirt the whole problem, she
realized, as some large companies do, by simply sending the employee home at full
pay. To be sure, doing that deprives the employee of meaningful work, but it
removes any difficulties
the workplace, and the employee has no legal grounds
for complaint if he or she is left on the payroll. And then, of course, there was
always the question of Tom's future work
Putting the question of
prornotion aside, if he really was ill, as Frances had said, his work performance
would probably decline, she thought. Shouldn't she begin developing some plan
for dealing with that?
What are the moral issues in this
Carla Lombard consider? What rights, if any, are at stake?
it make a difference whether
Carla adopts a Kantian approach or a utilitarian approach to this situation?
FVould it be wrong of Carla to ask Tom Walters about his health? Why or why not?
Defend your answer by appeal to moral principle.
Supposc Tom has AIDS; whal sl~ould Carla do? Is
employee's HIV status a job-related
particular, is it a factor Carla should consider in deciding whether to promote
Tom? What part, if any, shouId the attitudes of Tom's coworkers play in Carla's decision?
How should companies address the problem of public fear and prejudice when
employees with AIDS have direct contact with customers?
Should companies develop programs or policie? that deal specifically with AIDS?
what characteristics should they have? Or should (hey deal with the problem only on a case-
by-case basis? Should large corporations develop AIDS-awareness programs? Or should
AIDS be treated no differently than any other disease?
When Mary Davis, associate vice president for plant management at Whitewatcr
Brewing Company, wrote an article for a large metropolitan newspaper
she hadn't realized where it would lead. At first she was thrilled to see her words pub-
lished. Then she was just worried about keeping her job.