Bus670/ Leagal Environment / Legal & Ethical Issues In Workplace

Final Paper

Focus of the Final Paper

Prepare an 11- to 15-page paper (not including the title and reference pages) that assesses a legal/ethical issue or situation relating to a current, previous, or potential future work environment. Use at least 10 scholarly sources that are suitable for research in a graduate-level course.

Your paper must include the following:

A description of a business situation that presents a legal and ethical issue. The business situation must be from prior, current, or anticipated future employment experiences or from a current event. The description of the business situation must not exceed two pages.

An analysis of the ethical concerns raised by the situation.

Apply at least two different ethical theories to the situation to support at least two different outcomes.

The paper must determine which ethical outlook as applied to this particular situation will result in the best legal outcome for the business.

An explanation of at least three of the relevant areas of law that have been addressed in this course (e.g., constitutional law, contracts, anti-trust law, securities regulations, employment law, environmental law, crimes, or torts) and an assessment of the each area of law as it applies to the business situation identified.

A recommendation to reduce liability exposure and improve the ethical climate or the overall ethics of the situation. Your recommendation must be supported by specific legal, ethical, and business principles.

Writing the Final Paper

The Final Paper:

Must be 11 to 15 double-spaced pages in length (not including the title and reference pages), and formatted according to APA style.

Must include a title page with the following:

Title of paper

Student’s name

Course name and number

Instructor’s name

Date submitted

Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement which identifies the focus of the paper.

Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.

Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.

Must use at least 10 scholarly sources.

Must document all sources in APA style.

Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style





Legal and Ethical Issues

Bus 670 Legal Environment

December 5, 2015

Outline of Legal and Ethical Issue

1. Introduction

In today’s society, there are different legal and ethical issues that face globalized business environment at national, local and global level. Ethical decisions occur occasionally and businesses may face ethical dilemmas such as discrimination and others. Legal issues are tied to federal and state laws, licensure, public expectation and scope of practice. This paper describes the ethical and legal faced by organization with two ethical theories used to analyze a business situation of a selected company. The paper also explains some specific areas of laws that are related to this ethical and legal issues.

2. Legal & Ethics Issues in a Business Situation

A good example of a description of a business situation that presents a legal and ethical issue is discrimination at work place. For instance, in the year 2012 on March, the U.S. department of labor announced that FedEx Company would pay to the federal government 3 million dollars for settling discriminatory hiring charges ((Derek Smith Law Group, 2012).

A. What is discrimination?

B. Types of discrimination at workplace

C. Ethical concerns rising from Discrimination

D. Employee Protection

3. A description of two Ethical Theories to analyze situation

Ethical theories are usually based on the ethical principle as well as selection of the right ethical theory as based on personal life experience and personal choice. The two theories analyzed here are:

A. Utilitarian ethical theory: Founded on the proficiency in predicting the consequences of an activity

B. Deontology Theory: This state that people should adhere to obligations when they are investigating ethical dilemma

4. An explanation of the specific areas of law

This section will discuss laws related to discrimination issues

A. Labor Laws

B. Federal anti-discrimination laws

5. Conclusion


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