Mr. X worked in the human resources department that was interviewing applicants for a top job in a widget company. After reading many applications, one stood out way ahead of the others. Then he realized that he knew the applicant, Mr. Y. They had hung out together when they were teenagers. Mr. Y had been a wild kid and once was arrested for shoplifting and the possession of drugs. Mr. Y had completed mandatory counseling and, as far as Mr. X knew, Mr. Y had straightened out his life and had done well during the last twenty years. Mr. Y hadn’t indicated in his application that he had once been arrested and Mr. X feared that the company would never hire someone with a police record, no matter how minor or how long ago the offence was. Do you favor Mr. X revealing the information?

Answer:

 

1st Approach

In this case, principle of integrity applies. In line with the global professional and ethical standards you should always act with integrity. This means being open and transparent in the way you work. It also means being honest with others and never trying to hide the facts or purposely deceive those to whom you have a professional responsibility. So Mr. X need to tell the company and let them decide what is best for the company’s interest. Moreover, in the above case Mr. Y has already committed a crime by not disclosing all the information to company regarding his arrest or conviction so this also needs to be taken into account where it is reflected that above person in future could distort the facts for his benefit.

2nd Approach

Yes, because of the following reasons.

  • If he does not reveal the information it is against the policy of the organization.
  • In future, if this information is revealed than action can be taken against both the gentlemen.
  • Mr Y today might be a reformed person but he is being unethical by not disclosing the facts about himself. Thus, he is reformed person, may be merely an opinion of Mr X.
  • The company must have taken up such policy because of high ethical standards. If Mr. X is hired and later this information is revealed than company shall lose credibility and thereby several clients. Thus, Mr. X should not take such a huge risk.

 

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