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A woman is working as a senior manager with an organization. She has been working for the organization for several years, receiving exemplary reviews and also the ‘employee-of-the-year’ award. Yet, each of the five times she has applied for promotion, the positions she applied for were, instead, filled by less-qualified men. On her enquiry with the reporting manager, the reason he gave was that some of the organization’s long-time clients are more comfortable dealing with men, yet he was willing to consider her promotion on the pretext of some unwanted favors. After sometime, the woman launched a formal complaint with the senior manager, regarding her due promotion and also against the reporting manager. The organization, instead of taking any action against the complaint, issued a transfer letter to the woman.

Topic :Case Study

7. A woman is working as a senior manager with an organization. She has been working for the organization for several years, receiving exemplary reviews and also the ‘employee-of-the-year’ award. Yet, each of the five times she has applied for promotion, the positions she applied for were, instead, filled by less-qualified men. On her enquiry with the reporting manager, the reason he gave was that some of the organization’s long-time clients are more comfortable dealing with men, yet he was willing to consider her promotion on the pretext of some unwanted favors. After sometime, the woman launched a formal complaint with the senior manager, regarding her due promotion and also against the reporting manager. The organization, instead of taking any action against the complaint, issued a transfer letter to the woman. (250 words)

1. Identify the ethical issues involved in this case.

2. Evaluate the option(s) available to the woman.

3. State the option(s) she should adopt and why.

Reference: Case study

Why the question:

The case study is based on the theme of gender equity.

Key Demand of the question:

One must evaluate in detail the nuances of the case study and evaluate the options available to the woman in question on case by case basis.

Directive:

Evaluate – When you are asked to evaluate, you have to pass a sound judgement about the truth of the given statement in the question or the topic based on evidences.  You have to appraise the worth of the statement in question. There is scope for forming a personal opinion here.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

One can start by expressing relevance of Gender equality in general.

Body:

Gender equality is prerequisite for socio-economic development and sustainable inclusive growth.

First identify the Ethical issues involved covering all stakeholders in the question – women employee, lack of professionalism on part of manager, his Patriarchal mindset, objectification of woman etc.

Evaluate the options available with the woman (along with the analysis of each option) – switch job, resign from job, Accept the transfer and continue with the job, Bring the issue to the notice of media/Civil Societies /NGOs, Lodge an FIR against the organization, Approach the higher authority of the organization etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a fair and balanced opinion.