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Ethics Case Study

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This issues study is aimed to explain the importance of ethical business practices which also include social responsibilities and will be compared to an example of an unethical business practice. It will explore the different unethical issues in business, the benefits of running an ethical business and this will be done with reference to a certain case study.

Ethics are moral guidelines which govern good behavior. For a business to behave ethically, it must follow strict guidelines which ensure the health, safety and human rights of every employee within that business. Unfortunately, there are many cases were certain companies will not follow any ethical guidelines and may often lead to ...view middle of the document...

Walmart has had many lawsuits against them. The women claim they were paid less than male colleagues, not promoted to managers because people claimed it was ‘a man’s job’. Some female employees suffered unequal pay for years.
Aside from sexual discrimination, there are many other unethical issues that can occur within businesses. These can include unfair wages, employing children under the legal working age and unsafe and unsanitary work practices.
Having an unethical business may have its advantages, but they come with disadvantages and consequences as well. The main benefit from running an ethical business is that owners can avoid legal problems. This includes the penalties that may arise if a company gets caught after being unethical and legal fees and fines. This can cause long term damage if the public finds out by negative publicity. These things can lead to loss of loyal customers. Having loyal customers is a big part of the long range business success. It obviously plays a major part in funding for the company as they use the profit they make off the customers.
By keeping a business running ethically, owners can ensure they are retaining good employees. Companies who are honest to their employees and treat them fairly and ethically have a better chance of keeping loyal employees, employees who are unhappy will not dedicate themselves to the company like a happy employee would and this leads to a negative work environment.
Within a negative work environment, employees may begin to arrive late to work, start to do the wrong things and the worst cases can include theft.
An example of an unethical business is Wal-Mart. There have been numerous lawsuits against Wal-Mart and yet it seems they do not understand that their business is running unethically. Most of the lawsuits involved poor working conditions, low wages and discrimination.
One case in particular occurred in 2012 and included a countless number of women in the southeast region which includes the stores in, Florida, parts of Georgia, Carolina, Alabama and many more. In this case, it was revealed through interviews with countless female employees that Wal-Mart was intentionally sexually...

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