Will the Real Lupe Garza Please Stand Up? Essay

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An ethical dilemma is defined as a moral issue, where a situation has two equivalent undesirable alternatives and neither choice will resolve the ethical predicament.

Lupe Garza, mother of two children, is a temporary employee at a plant. Garza is an excellent and talented worker, and supervisors have taken notice in her skills. A human resource specialist named Sara Jones, mislead Garza in thinking she would unquestionably obtain a permanent job position at the plant, causing Garza to turn down another job opportunity. During the interview, Garza is truthful and informs Mark Solomon, a human resource specialist, that she is currently using someone else’s identity in order to work legally and her real name is Carmen Mendoza. Mark tell
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Mark Solomon’s conflict is whether he should hire or let go of the illegal worker, turn Garza into the authorities, or just ignore the situation.

After the interview, Mark is faced with an additional ethical dilemma, the knowledge of other workers working in the plant under different names. Now, the human resource specialist must face, whether the plant should stop hiring temporary illegal workers and run into staffing problems, or continue hiring these workers and face legal allegations by breaking the law.

The plant is breaking the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). The law was passed to control or prevent illegal immigration in the United States. Furthermore, the law prohibits employers to knowingly hire unauthorized workers. The plant is breaking the law because they are responsible for reviewing, confirming, and verifying employee’s eligibility. The plant needs to use the I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, which assist employers in identifying if workers are citizen or non-citizens of the United States.

Another law the plant may be violating is the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. This law “forbids discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin” (Noe, Hollenback, Gerhart & Wright, 2011). According to the case, the plant employs approximately 1,500 workers and one third of the workforce is Hispanic (Fransson, Gareett & Noll, 2005). The plant mostly hires Hispanic to

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