7) Mr. X worked in the human resources department that was interviewing applicants for a top job in a widget company. After reading many applications, one stood out way ahead of the others. Then he realized that he knew the applicant, Mr. Y. They had hung out together when they were teenagers. Mr. Y had been a wild kid and once was arrested for shoplifting and the possession of drugs. Mr. Y had completed mandatory counseling and, as far as Mr. X knew, Mr. Y had straightened out his life and had done well during the last twenty years. Mr. Y hadn’t indicated in his application that he had once been arrested and Mr. X feared that the company would never hire someone with a police record, no matter how minor or how long ago the offence was. Do you favor Mr. X revealing the information? (250 words)
Ethics by Lexicon publications
Why this question:
The case study is to analyse the principle of integrity and transparency with a bit of professional ethics involved in it.
Structure of the answer:
Evaluate the requirements and demands of the case study.
The answer to the case study can be approached in multiple ways,
Mr. X needs to tell the company and let them decide what is the best for
company’s interest. Moreover, in above case Mr. Y has already committed a crime by not disclosing all the information to company regarding his arrest or conviction so this also need to be taken into account where it is reflected that above person in future could distort the facts for his benefit.
In the second part discuss why he should reveal his past on the company records.
Explain both pros and cons.
Conclude with a fair and balanced opinion and suggest solutions to the problems.