Ethics Case Study- 13

Case Study 13: 

Harsh, the bank employee approaches Bank Manager Mr. Roy and told that his child is suffering from Heart disease. He doesn’t have health insurance policy and salary is insufficient to meet medical expenses. But over the years, he is been collecting autographed T-shirts of various bollywood actors and actresses. So, he want that Mr. Roy’s give permission to hold a charity auction in the office. Also, will send fliers to clients of bank. Everyone is welcome to bid for these T-shirts, so he can raise money for the medical treatment of his child.

Other bank employees overhear this conversation and also inform Mr. Roy – indeed Harsh’s financial situation is very bad and his child will die if the treatment is not done on time, therefore permission should be given to hold this charity auction.

Should Mr. Roy give permission or not?

Answer:

  1. Because some members may informally feel pressured to give money -Especially Harsh’s juniors and subordinates.
  2. It might create a feeling of alienation between employees who bid and those who don’t.
  3. Next time another employee will try to do the same, may be with a trivial reason. And if Mr. Roy says no that time, it might create an impression Mr. Roy is biased towards certain employees- staff morale goes down.
  4. Therefore, it is best to keep auctions and other money raising activities out of the workplace irrespective of their noble aims.
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