need peer review classmate’s writing 200 words due within 20 hours
case in here, attachment that is u need make wiz comment, u can relate this case to judgement, give her some feedback
When exploring ethical dilemmas, there is often a blurry line between right and wrong. There are laws both within the United States and upheld by the United Nations against Sexual Harassment and Discrimination. Yet most recently, initiatives like #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter, and #TimesUp have exponentially grown across social media. At what point might the context of these laws become dilemmas? We would like to illustrate a possible ethical dilemma associated to communication distribution on topics of Sexual Harassment and Discrimination.
On November 1, 2018, during the “Google Walkout” several Google employees took a stand to protest against the above.
Why did the employees of Google decide to take such a strong action towards a company as big as Google?
Andy Rubin, creator of the Android mobile software, sexually harassed an employee in 2013. After finding out about the incident, Google asked him to resign in 2014 BUT let him go with a $90million exit package – $2million per month for 4 years (Collins, 2018). If this weren’t enough the Times report revealed, over the past decade, the company had also protected 3 other executives against sexual misconduct claims, one of which remained employed by the company (Canon, 2018). Again, these executives were paid in millions and Google remained silent about the assertions (Canon, 2018). Soon enough word got out and the employees, fed up with the way Google handled such complaints, decided to take the matter into their own hands to show the seriousness of the situation. Employees from all over the world, Tokyo to San Francisco, all took part in this protest. They were accompanied by a list of 5 demands (To learn about the 5 demands: https://www.clickz.com/google-walkout-whats-next/220217/ )
Andrew Ross Sorkin, a New York Times journalist, reported that the CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai ‘hesitated’ to say Google had a toxic culture. “Pichai told Sorkin ‘Sexual harassment is a societal problem and Google is a large company. We are definitely doing our best.'” (Gourguechon, 2018). “All companies regardless of size and regardless of how fortunate they have been in the past are susceptible to devastating crises” (Zaremba, 2010, p. 235). Google is not an exception. Google’s approach to dealing with sexual harassment is controversial. When the sexual harassment incident was exposed, it was crushing for Google’s reputation and social trust. In past years, Google seemed to be a company that was holding itself to a high moral standard. However, right now that is untrue. The situation has become very severe for this reputational company.
Please answer the following questions – Is this case an ethical dilemma? Why or why not? If it is an ethical dilemma, how do you define the ethical dilemma? What is your ethical position? What perspectives justify the ethical reasoning for the dilemma?
To read more about the case:
Zaremba, A. (2010). Organizational communication (3rd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.
Collins, K. (2018). Google walkout: What started it and what it means for tech – ClickZ. Retrieved from https://www.clickz.com/google-walkout-whats-next/220217
Canon, G. (2018). Google gave top executive $90m payoff but kept sexual misconduct claim quiet – report. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/oct/25/google-andy-rubin-android-creator-payoff-sexual-misconduct-report
Gourguechon, P. (2018). How Google CEO Sundar Pichai Should Have Responded To Massive Employee Walkout. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/prudygourguechon/2018/11/04/how-google-ceo-sundar-pichais-should-have-responded-to-the-massive-employee-walkout/#2e870731479e