The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business

Essay by MELONKERBUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, January 2009

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A recent situation has taken place where Americans of Middle Eastern decent have been targeted simply due to their national origin. Although security measures were tightened the situation has deteriorated. Threats have increased, employees have failed to report to work and customers have threatened to boycott our products. These circumstances are layered with legal and ethical issues that DWI must address. The case of Katzenbach v. McClung, 379 U.S. 294 demonstrates the need for DWI management and legal team to align actions free of discriminatory treatment. DWI must review the ethical and legal considerations and develop a plan of action that addresses circumstances that involve disparate treatment, national origin, and safety.

It is the goal of our organization to provide a safe and secure environment. When issues arise that can create a hostile atmosphere or potentially cause harm to employees and customers, the situation must be immediately addressed. Although businesses such as DWI must comply with legal standards such as Civil Rights laws and other labor laws we must also consider the ethical issues.

The case of Katzenbach v. McClung, 379 U.S. 294 was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1964. The case included arguments against a restaurant that provided in store service to Caucasian customers, but take out to African-American customers. The Supreme Court viewed this treatment as segregation and ruled in favor of Katzenbach. This ruling was based on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits segregation in public places. DWI must consider the outcome of such cases in order to act appropriately to similar issues.

First and foremost we must place the safety of our people and customers above the potential loss in profitability. Our actions must be aligned with laws such as the U.S. Patriot Act, designed to protect citizens from terrorist activity. If...