Write a 7 pages paper on business ethical dilemma. Ethical Dilemma.
Working for a few months at Sisto Mission Hospital as a content developer and data entry clerk, Mary came across some information that placed her in a dilemma ethically. As she was gathering information as part of her daily routine, her sister’s fiancé’s name came to the screen. His information said that he had recently been tested for HIV and diagnosed to be positive. In addition, the information also showed that Michael was currently under treatment at a local facility, as well as counseling services, for HIV. Mary and her sister and are close, especially since their mother passed away from cancer early in their lives, which has meant that they always look out for one another. Having met her sister at least six times in the last month, Mary was sure she did not know about Michael’s condition. If she did, Mary or her father would have known about it by now. The information comes at an especially crucial moment because her sister is preparing for her wedding in three weeks.
Mary am devastated by the information and torn between her sister and family on one side and her job on the other. If she elects not to give this information to her sister with regards to her fiancé’s condition, she can maintain my integrity and get a good reference from her boss. This is important, as this is a prestigious company, which will strengthen her CV significantly. However, telling her sister about Michael’s condition will inform her decision on whether to go ahead with the wedding. She could be able to evaluate her position alongside Michael and make a decision based on reality. Nonetheless, doing this could lead to termination from Mary’s current position and a poor report from her .employer. .
Justification of the Ethical Dilemma.
Working with an organization’s database exposes one to a lot of privileged and private information. The records in the database at Sisto Hospital contain extensive personal information concerning various clients, including their health records, which is private and confidential in nature. Releasing of information regarding clients can cause irreparable damage to them (Bredeson & Goree, 2012), as it would in Michael’s case. For example, it could limit future employability because employers would be wary of employing a person who could potentially sue for discrimination. The employer could already pre-conceive that Michael may not be up to effective contribution to their company (Bredeson & Goree, 2012). In addition, if this information were to be discovered by insurance companies, Michael’s access to affordable health insurance may be hindered. For this reason, maintaining Michael’s and Sisto Hospital’s confidentiality is a vital part of Mary’s duties.
The Utilitarian theory contends that decisions are only ethical if they cause a person to bring the experience of pleasure and goodness to a significant number of persons. It acts to simplify the moral law through a cost benefit analysis that decides on whether a decision is ethical (Gilliland et al, 2007).In deciding whether one is making an ethical decision, one takes total pain that the decision will cause and subtracts it from the total pleasure the decision causes, which results in the total utility of decisions taken.