Ethical Dilemmas : Ethical Dilemma Essay

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In order to decide whether Marvin faces an ethical dilemma or not, one must recognise the definition of an ethical dilemma. Ethical dilemmas, according to Ghillyer (2010), are defined as “situations in which there are no obvious ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ decisions”. He also describes these choices as difficult or uncomfortable decisions that have to be made. Ethical dilemmas are conflicts between two morals that compete within a situation. For example, the manager of a local gym finds out that one of his most valuable customers that attends the gym regularly is using steroids. He does not endorse the use of drugs at his gym, but would lose a great deal of business if he were to cancel his membership. Making a decision would be a difficult and uncomfortable task for the gym manager as neither choice is necessarily right or wrong. Likewise, Marvin faces an ethical dilemma as an Environmental Engineer for MeatNZ, as his dilemma has no obvious answer. In his situation at his work, Marvin poses a dilemma about whether or not to report the company’s excess water discharge into the local lake to the Ministry. Although there is a legal limit to how much water this company is allowed to dump into this lake, there are supposedly not many negative consequences to either side of this dilemma. Because the decision of this dilemma is not so clear, it can be seen as an ethical dilemma. Marvin could save his company a lot of money and stress by not declaring the correct amount of discharge, but
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