Which Ethical Theories Apply Consequentialists make decisions based upon the consequences of their decision. The consequences to operate their business by placing employees on weight probation, even though there is a law in the state of Michigan that makes such an act illegal, outweighed any possible lawsuit that may arise. The company obviously believes that a lawsuit that may happen is less costly that to operate their business in accordance with the state’s laws. Deontological theory states that a decision based on what is right according to the value of rights. Clearly, Hooters, does not value the rights of their employees too much. If they did, they would not conduct business in a manner that goes against state laws. As well as the feelings of the employees themselves were not taken into account. The waitress in question weighed 13
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