First of all in the scenario described Dalman need to do some further research. He should contact the City and Government offices needed to determine if he can be grandfathered in and not have to comply with the law changes. In many cases if something is established legally when it is built or purchased, it can stay that way as new laws are applied. Let’s assume in this scenario that Sandwich Blitz Inc. is not being grandfathered in and will have to make changes to comply with the new local health code laws. The new laws require trash dumpsters to be a minimum of 30 feet from the rear of the building and require all out buildings to be at least 6 feet from the property lines. Sandwich Blitz locations are on small parcels of land and so have enclosures housing the dumpster which is only 5 feet from the property line. So the five feet is in violation of meeting the 6 foot requirement. By law Dalman will need to move the enclosure for the dumpster 1 foot farther away from the property line. Dalman has been informed of a deal offered to the Unit Manager from the Government Inspector that he would approve this if Sandwich Blitz will provide the food for his dad’s holiday party. I think the fact that the holiday party is for his dad, clearly indicates that the deal is in exchange for a personal favor non work or government related. If the deal was in exchange for food for a government holiday party we could then more logically question if the deal was made legally allowing him to be grandfathered in. So Dalman should use the Ethical Decision Making Process. The Ethical Decision Making Process starts with the first step of understanding all of the moral standards and all of their impacts. Who is it going to harm, who will it benefit? In this case it could harm Dalman should someone find out of the illegal deal made between the two ignoring a new government law in exchange for his personal benefit. It could also harm the business and the integrity of it...
References: Sherman, S. (2003). Rethinking Integrity. Leader to Leader, (28), 39–45.
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