August 28, 2011
George Camposano/Axia Faculty
Business Ethics Reflection
Several years ago I sold a large Video Security System to an industrial client that did a lot of Government work. This work was considered to be classified in some areas. The system consisted of 128 cameras of various sizes with some being exposed and some being hidden.
This was a large task with some unusual specifications for installation such as the wiring had to be encased in plastic conduit and hidden in the rafters as much as possible. This was mainly in the manufacturing area so employees were not aware of the cameras presences.
We were allowed to work only certain hours of the day when all employees were gone for the day and they had guards with us at all times. Our crews went in at a specified time and ran the entire conduit and wiring that was needed within 2 days time. The next crew went in and mounted all the cameras, set up all the recording devices within 2 days. The last crew to go in was there to make sure the system was fully operational and performing to the specifications. They would re-aim the cameras if needed, clear the picture up by adjusting the lens and making sure that nothing showing we were even there was left behind.
The last night, I went in and instructed the management on the operation of the system.
Our problem began when we found out that one of our associates was dating an employee of the clients business. We did not know this until our associate who had worked the second phase (camera installation) mentioned to his supervisor that his girlfriend worked at this facility. The supervisor brought this to the attention of the Director of Operations who contacted me. We brought in the associate and talked with him about his relationship and about how much of a discussion he had with the girlfriend. He said that all he told her was that he had to work somewhere that was... [continues]
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