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I’ve blogged many times before about whistleblowing including whether it is an ethical action. Some would say that whistleblowing is a courageous act to right a wrong and because the whistleblower may be discriminated against for coming forward and/or suffer the penalty of bein...

Thinking about blowing the whistle on wrongdoing at your organization? Well, you need to read on because the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on February 21, 2018 in the case Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers changes the rules of the game. Employees who choose to inform the Securit...

I have always been intrigued by the philosophy of whistleblowing. Today's blog explores the philosophical underpinnings of whistleblowing as a moral act in the context of sexual harassment claims by women in Hollywood and staffers/contacts of government officials.


It happens from time to time that your boss may ask you to do something that you know in your gut is wrong. You probably feel compelled to do it to avoid a negative reaction from your boss, one that might lead to retaliatory behaviors. You have that queasy feeling and that’s yo...

November 9, 2016

Doing Good by Being a Good Person

What makes one person speak out and blow the whistle on wrongdoing while another remains silent? Is it a “moral sense,” as Thomas Jefferson wrote, that instinctively motivates a person’s thoughts and actions? Is it motivated by avoiding harm to...

October 25, 2016

Closing our Eyes to the True Meaning of the Message

 “Shooting the messenger” is a metaphoric phrase used to describe the act of blaming the bearer of bad news.

Wells Fargo

During a recent Congressional investigation, we learned that six former Wells Fargo workers were retaliated...

October 28, 2014

‘Tar heel-Gate Raises Many Ethical Issues about the Behavior of UNC Officials

If you’re a sports fan, by now you have probably heard about that paper-class scandal that I call “Tar heel-Gate” where 3,100 student-athletes at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill were es...

May 27, 2014

Indifference, Laziness, and a Declining Work Ethic Threatens the Fabric of Society

We have a culture of incompetence in the U.S. Too many workers do not care about the quality of their work, timeliness of doing it, and, in some cases, whether the work gets done at all. In large...

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