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IV.Housing AllowanceWilson Mutambra came from a poor neighborhood in the sub-Saharan African country located in Rambia. He worked his way out of poor conditions through perseverance, talent, and luck. He eventually ended up at NewCom, a cellphone service. Within three years, he was chosen to expand the company with a chance to go back to his home town in Rambia. As an incentive for their employees, Rambia provided up to $2000 for rent, utilities, and servants each month. The purpose of this monthly allowance was for safer housing in the rough area that they had to work in. They wanted their employees to have more convenient means of living. To claim this monthly allowance, NewCom employees the needed to submit receipts every month, and Wilson submitted his itemized statements every month as expected. Wilson stirred up controversy with his co-workers because he was so distant from the relationships at work that he frequently was gone traveling for business or he never invited over guests to his home. It was upon further speculation that the company found out that he had been living in a home that could not have been more than $300 a month. When he was confronted about the matter, he defended himself by mentioning that every other employee lived upon the same $2000 allowance, and questioned why he was being penalized. His supervisor then stated that the purpose of the allowance to maintain the image and reputation of the company by keeping their employees safe. Wilson’s housing was a poor representation of the company in accordance to his supervisor. In response, Wilson was offended and immediately responded by saying that it was insulting to point out that his upbringing in his hometown neighborhood was unseemly or 7
Hoang inappropriate. He submitted these falsified documents to support his big and poor family there. With reference to Kantian Ethics, Wilson was going into this work opportunity with the intentionof supporting his family members and creating a better life for them but he resulted in a negative consequence because he lied about what he was doing. His circumstances could have been easilyresolved if he would have been honest about what he was doing. But since he lied already, it makes it difficult for NewCom to trust him because they had to investigate to find out the truth. Itwas his moral duty as an employee to respect the company for their values and rules. V.Blood for SaleSol Levin, a stockbroker from Tampa, Florida, ceased a feasible profitable market. He hadthe idea of selling uncontaminated blood for a profit. He founded a blood collecting organization that purchased blood from people who were drug and alcohol abusers, but eventually realized that the blood from these sources were contaminated. From that discovery, the worked to find other sources of blood for their business and the success grew for them over time. He commercialized the blood market and wasted a large amount of blood due to making profit. It played a role in discouraging volunteers for donating blood because of the cruel intentions.