Ethical and Legal Issues at the Workplace: A Case Study

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1. There are a couple of different ways that one could frame the ethical issue in this case. The first is whether private Internet surfing on company time is unethical, the second is whether surfing pornography specifically is an ethical issue. Surfing in general is strictly an ethical issue, depending on what the company's specific policy is. Surfing pornography is also a legal issue, as such activity could constitute a hostile work environment (as in Gallagher v. C.H. Robinson Worldwide). There are two key ethical issues at work in this case. One is the misuse of company resources for personal activities, and the other specifically relates to the introduction of pornography into the workplace. It is worth noting that there is no legal right that Mr. Blogger has to "free speech" or "privacy" that protects his desire to surf for pornography on his employer's computer and Internet connection. His understanding of the Constitution is beyond shaky if he thinks he is afforded one iota of protection from his employer here. 2. The moral agent is the person responsible for the act that is being judged for its morality. In this case, Mr. Blogger is the moral agent because he is the person who is using company resources to surf the Internet and to introduce pornography into the workplace. 3. There are several moral recipients in this case. These include the company and all the agents of the company (the managers). With specific respect to the pornography, Mr. Blogger's
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