For this assignment, you will consider the consequences of acting ethically or unethically. After carefully reading the supplemental ethics materials (Jennings handout), discuss fully the ethical issues related to this case. (1) Categorize the ethical dilemma(s), (2) examine the matter from other perspectives, (3) describe any possible rationalizations, and finally, (4) use at least one of the ethics models to resolve the situation.
Your answer must be typed (double-spaced, font size 12) and between 500 to 1000 words in length. This assignment may be added to your writing portfolio.
J. Buffalo Corp. manufactures and sells farm equipment. In 2010, J. Buffalo set up a wholly-owned subsidiary, Great Plains Combines, Inc., whose only business was to market J. Buffalo’s self-propelled combines and four-wheel-drive tractors. The sales of both products were at an all-time low. Even though J. Buffalo was the owner of Great Plains, the law considers them to be separate companies. J. Buffalo convinced current and former employees who were involved with the products to accept transfers of their jobs and retirement benefits plans from J. Buffalo to Great Plains. J. Buffalo expected Great Plains to fail, and indeed, within two years, Great Plains did fail. Among other consequences, the retirement plan for current employees was terminated, plus the retirees stopped receiving benefits as well. Discuss the ethical issues by using the guidelines stated above.