In civilized life, law floats in a sea of ethics. Earl Warren
It’s Ethics and Compliance Week in many companies across the US. We can’t seem to escape decisions that put us on our guard. I learned yesterday that the Boston Herald requested, via the Freedom of Information Act, student aid, welfare and any unemployment compensation received by Tamerlan Tsameaev. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick declined to release this information, based on privacy laws. Opinions are mixed on this Ethical issue.
What privacy laws apply only to American citizens? How do US privacy laws affect citizens, who have legal proof of residence in the USA? Are Americans, whether by birth or court decree, only entitled to protections afforded by federal and state privacy laws? How does the “public interest” factor in this ethical dilemma? Experts will opine and our Courts will decide these issues.
We, of course, face our own logic and feelings in this dialogue of an emotional issue. If we are or may be in line to receive state work-related benefits, is our dilemma more acute because we want our privacy protected under existing laws? Here’s a coaching concept to consider:
Takes over when
Harm occurs to us.
It calls our beliefs into question. Our
Seems to be put to all kinds of tests we never considered.©
Whatever your opinion on this ethical dilemma, Choose Who You Want to be Known As. Enjoy your week.
“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Career Management Coach and Change Agent