Contraversy of Wal-Mart as An Ethical Company Essay

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Introduction Jeffrey Seglin, a business ethics columnist for the New York Times, participated in an event sponsored by Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. He described two Wal-Marts one as evil and one as good. The evil company is very, very big and does everything to grow bigger. They use illegal immigrants to mop floors and are accused of locking employees inside overnight. They practice gender discrimination, pay low wages and deteriorate suppliers and competition. The bad one "is the enemy of all that’s good and right in our nation" (Seglin, 2004). The good Wal-Mart Seglin describes as thrifty, industrious and offer fair deals. They serve society and due to their exceptional distribution system, pass along gains to everyone. The…show more content…
Disabled workers won a lawsuit in 2001 when a judge found Wal-Mart guilty of violating the American with Disabilities Act (Wal-MartWatch). From another view, Wal-Mart is one of the largest private employers with a diverse and multi-cultural workforce. The company employs more than 251,000 African-American associates; more than 39,000 Asian and 5,000 Pacific Islander associates; more than 165,000 Hispanic associates; more than 16,000 American Indian and Alaskan Native associates; more than 856,000 women; and more than 355,000 mature associates who are 50 and older. Their 15-member board of directors includes three women, two African Americans and one Hispanic. Wal-Mart provides job opportunities for associates with disabilities (Wal-Mart/Fact Sheet). Health Care Wal-Mart claims health-care costs put the company at a competitive disadvantage. Only half of their workforce is covered and preventive care is not available to associates. It takes a long time to get coverage and those with pre-existing conditions must wait even longer. The company charges extra for ambulatory and emergency room visits. Some employee’s spouses are excluded and premiums are high. Many of the employees and their children are forced to seek public assistance. The company is also accused of phasing out full-time employment to avoid offering insurance (Wal-MartWatch). From another view, Wal-Mart takes feedback from employees in attempt to improve their

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