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KEY TERMS AND CONCEPTS
Rights
Obligations
Business
Justice
Truth-Telling
Honesty
Affirmative Action
Reverse Discrimination
Sexual Harassment
Right to Know
Right to Privacy
ESSAY QUESTIONS
1. Do businesses have any obligations other than profits? Use examples in your answer to
critically evaluate this question.
2. Is it immoral for a company to exaggerate or even “stretch the truth” in their advertising if
jobs are at stake? Discuss the moral principles involved here and try to justify your position.
3. Is affirmative action morally justifiable?
4. If one person takes offense at a titillating office email does that constitute sexual harassment
or is this a case of someone being overly sensitive? Discuss the moral concerns that relate to
this issue.
5. When Princess Diana died, were journalists pursuing a story that the public had a “right to
know”?
TRUE/FALSE
According to the author “business ethics” is an oxymoron.
An obligation is what I am entitled to by law.
There are two highly divergent ways of approaching rights and obligations in business.
Social justice is concerned with how business and the media treat consumers and members of
society.
5. Doing anything you can to get the customer to buy the product is known in advertising as the
fairest approach.
6. Prejudice means literally “prejudgment” before having any experience of that which one
judges.
7. One argument for discrimination is that a company’s business practices are its own affair.
8. One survey found that 4 in 5 students have been sexually harassed at some point in their
school life.
9. Enron had a 65 page long code of ethics.
10. The media represent events – they do not create them.
1.
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MULTIPLE CHOICE
11. According to the author no right is so important that it _________ supersedes all the others.
a) often
b) always
c) mostly
d) never
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