Sleepy Hollow Books (SHB), a company owned by Ichabod Crane, has stores nationwide and a distribution facility in North Carolina.
One month ago, three employees, Katrina, Abbie, and Jenny filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for unsafe work conditions and the lack of protective clothing at the SHB distribution facility. Two days later, OSHA representatives conducted an inspection of the plant and found nine (9) violations of federal safety laws. OSHA charged the company with violating federal law and assessed civil penalties in the amount of $25,000. Two days after the inspection, Ichabod Crane (SHB Owner and President) fired Katrina, Abbie, and Jenny. Ichabod told the three former employees that he didn’t trust their loyalty anymore. Yesterday, Katrina, Abbie, and Jenny filed a lawsuit against SHB and Crane under the federal Whistleblower Protection Act.
If a trial took place and the court decided that SHB and Crane violated the Whistleblower Protection Act by firing Katrina, Abbie, and Jenny, then which of the following statements would be true:
|Crane applied the business stakeholder method of ethical decision-making in the decision to fire Katrina, Abbie, and Jenny.|
|Crane applied the ethical standard of utilitarianism in the decision to fire Katrina, Abbie, and Jenny.|
|Crane used the “front page of the newspaper” test when he decided to fire the employees.|
|All of the above.|
|None of the above.|