Whistleblowing

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Whistle blowing is the act of reporting a business or organization that is doing something that would potentially harm the public. People expect organizations to do ethical practices and should have public safety at the center of all of its practices and concerns. These practices include making products. These products that are made for the public and should be one-hundred percent safe to use. The problem of whistle blowing is that some people think that whistle blowers should be protected by the law. Others think that whistle blowers should not be protected by the law. Ethical theories can be guidelines to help people understand if the act of whistle blowing should be done or not.
Two different journal articles question the act of whistle blowing as a whole. In today's society, whistle blowers can face extreme public. This happens because they tell the public of the harm an organization is doing. They can also be blacklisted by their employer and can be out of work for several months or years if the act of whistle blowing is committed. The first journal titled, "Internal" Business Practices?: The Limits of Whistleblower Protection for Employees Who Oppose or Expose Fraud in the Private Sector, by David Aron talks about the limitations that whistle blowers face. He argues that whistle blowers should be protected by the law because public safety should be at the forefront of all business organizations. John Stuart Mill utilitarianism offers the best idea that agrees with what the author is saying within this journal entry. John Stuart Mill utilitarianism offers the best because whistle blowers can bring the greatest number for the greatest good by protecting the public from potential harm. This also could also be a good t...

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...e protection under the law or not. Looking at each argument present. the most valid point would have the be the Mill utilitarian point of view. This one makes the most sense because people should let the public know of harm if it brings the greatest good to the greatest number of people. People should also have protection under the law, because they should not have to worry about any repercussions
The act of being a whistle blower will always have repercussions. Both articles make valid points on whether or not they should be protected under the law. Three different ethical theories were presented and argue the points that they would make. It was decided that the Mill utilitarian point of view made the most sense. It makes sense to ensure the whistle blowers have protection under the law because the public has the right to be protected from potential harm.

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