Whistle Blowing- Enron
Was Ms. Watkins justifies in blowing the whistle on Enron? There are six conditions that justified Ms. Watkins case of whistle blowing. The situation was of sufficient moral importance to justify it. She had all of the facts and they were well understood, all internal steps were taken, she chose the best way to blow the whistle, she had a huge responsibility to the organization, and it benefited the public.
Ms. Watkins was Enron's vice president of corporate development. "In addition to the moral importance of the situation, consideration should also be given to the extent to which harm is a direct and predictable result of the activity that the whistleblower is protesting."(Boatright, P. 112). With the accounting cover ups present in the company, Ms. Watkins knew that the end was near. She also knew her previous successes, other employees successes were not going to be worth a dollar at the end of the day.
As the vice president she had a responsibility to the others that may have not know they were involved. Many of the other stockholders' finances were at stake as well. These are very serious consequences for those involved with an evidence of great harm.
"The whistle blower should have as much documentation and other corroboration as possible". (Boatright, P. 112). As the vice president of corporate development, she knew exactly what was going on. She had access to all of the records and was also friend with the top dogs that were instructing the whole mess.
"Whistle blowing should be last resort rater that first resort". (Boatright, P.112). I do not know how many channels she went through before blowing the whistle. Before she went public with her concerns, she did confront Anderson and Lay with her concerns. The...