Organizational Ethics Issue Resolution

Essay by Lomuscio2 October 2007

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IntroductionIn this paper, I will discuss an organizational ethical issue and apply the six ethical decision making steps in order to resolve the issue. The organizational ethical issue I have picked is sexual harassment as a form of sex discrimination. The six ethical decision making steps I will discuss are issue clarification, stakeholder analysis, value identification, issue resolution, addressing objections, and resolution implementation. I will also explain what sexual harassment is.

Sexual Harassment/Sex DiscriminationAccording to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), sexual harassment is "Unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when this conduct explicitly or implicitly affect's an individuals employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual's work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment."(EEOC, 2007) Sexual harassment can happen in any organization and at any time. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in an organization:•The individual doing the sexual harassing can be anyone such as a coworker, a supervisor from the department as well as supervisors from other departments, or an individual who does not work for the organization.

•The sexual harasser can be of the same sex, either man or woman.

•Sexual harassment victims include the person who is being victimized by the sexual harasser, and those around the victim that are offended by the harassers conduct. The victim must confront his or her sexual harasser and inform them that the sexual harassment must stop. The victim needs to make it clear to the harasser that the conduct is unacceptable.

Sexual harassment is against the law. It violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 1991. This law applies to any organization, whether state, local, or federal that has 15 or more employees. If the sexual...