Lilly Ledbetter Case Study

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Introduction Discrimination in the workplace continues to be topics and issues of discussion, despite efforts to minimize or eliminate its ugly head. Discrimination is defined as the unfair or prejudicial treatment of people based on race, gender, disability or age (Fieser, 2015). Furthermore, some companies has used other forms in conjunction with discrimination like sexual harassment to mask unjust treatment in the workplace. Lilly Ledbetter was an employee at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Inc. for over 19 years. During this period, she consistently received low rankings in her annual performance-and-salary reviews. As a result, Lilly received significantly lower raises than her male counterparts, which led to her filing a civil lawsuit…show more content…
Ethics and morality goes back 4,000 years to the Mesopotamian Code of Hammurabi. This code outlined ethics for builders by holding them accountable for their work. For example, if a builder builds a house and the roof tumbles down, the builders must repair it out of their own pocket. Although, this concept may seem simple, it embodies principles that would last throughout the ages (Feiser, 2015). The Lilly Ledbetter case is no different from those times where principles and accountability were held in high regards. Everyone has a duty and a responsibility to do what is right for themselves and others. Duty theory, also known as Deontology applies to the Ledbetter case. According to Fieser (2015), duty theory “the position that moral standards are grounded in instinctive rational obligations or duties that we have. We are all born with basic moral principles or guidelines embedded in us, and we use these to judge the morality of people’s actions” (Fieser, 2015). Duty theory implies it is our duty to judge someone’s morality based off his or her action, therefore those who discriminate is immoral.…show more content…
This act also covers sexual harassment in the workplace. Discrimination disrupt good order and discipline and creates a hostile environment. These actions are considered immoral and as law-abiding citizens, it is our duty to intervene to curtail these types’ actions. Duty theory talks about two approaches, the first imply we all have a catalog of instinctive obligations. The Ten Commandments is a perfect example because it speaks about not killing, committing adultery, covet thy neighbor things and bear false witness. These practices have been adopted by many cultures, which play an important role in their

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