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ETHICS CASE STUDY: You are the head of the Human Resources department of an organisation.

Topic:  Ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions;

7) You are the head of the Human Resources department of an organisation. One of the workers, while trying to molest his co-worker, is pushed away from her towards a heavy machine – which instantly kills him. The witnesses claim that it was his fault and the woman didn’t push him with an intention to harm him. She did so in self-defence. His family is demanding compensation from you and has filed complaint against you. Family doesn’t know that it’s the woman who has pushed him. They are told by other employees that it’s an accident. The chairman of the company has asked you to end the issue from your side. He has warned you not to complicate the issue.

What options you have in this situation? Discuss their merits and demerits. 

Ethics Case Study

Why this question?

There will be six case studies. The given case study is a slightly modified case study of that appeared in CSM-2017. 

Key demand of the question:

You should write various options available to you (maximum 4, minimum 3) and discuss their merits and demerits.   

Directive Word:

Discuss: You should consider all dimensions(stakeholders and consequences) and evaluate merits and demerits. 

Structure of Answer:

There should be general introduction before starting main answer. In the introduction, in one or two paragraph, write about mains issues you are facing in the case, important facts and all the stakeholders affected by these ethical issues. Also mention values that are affected (positively or negatively). All in paragraph format. 

In the body, divide answer into 3-4 parts based on number of options that you choose.

Start from least suitable to most appropriate option. In each option in 2-3 separate paragraphs, discuss merits and demerits. Start with merits.  In first 2 options there should be more demerits. Consider all stakeholders while writing merits and demerits. Mention which value is affected. 

The last option, even though not asked, should be the one that you pursue. here, you need to provide justifications why you will choose this option. 

It’s ok to shoot word limit. Quality of arguments is more important than word limit in Ethics paper.

Conclusion is naturally drawn from justification part. Highlight in 1-2 sentence how your actions will help most of the stakeholders. (go by utilitarianism approach)