The Case Of William Potter

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Introduction Many workers are presented with ethical dilemmas every single day. In the case of William Potter, a conflict of interest arose as he thought about promoting his son, Henry, to CEO of the family company. Knowing he could not make an objective decision, he went to a loyal, trusted employee, Jill, to do an objective review of Henry for him. This then put Jill in an ethical dilemma of her own. Though she knows that Henry is doing a great job in his current position in Miami, she also experienced him propositioning her a few years back, consequently making her life miserable. This conflict forces her to think about the good of the company as well as her own good, making for a very tough and tolling decision on how to review Henry. In order to decide what action Jill should take, both consequentialist and deontological theories should be considered and applied to her situation.
Consequentialism
According to consequentialist theory, morality is entirely based on the results of your actions, or all of the consequences that come from doing something (Haines, n.d.). In Jill’s case, whatever she decides to do will likely have both positive and negative consequences. For example, Jill truly believes that Henry has done a great job with the company in his current position, and therefore if she recommends making him CEO, he could make the company successful on a much greater level. However, if she were to do this, she would put herself in the uncomfortable position of

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