Business Law and Ethics Paper

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Luke is an employee of ABC Company and is involved in the division that deals with recently purchased land. ABC has just acquired a new piece of land with plans to build an adult entertainment retail store, which is located quite close to where Luke’s brother, Owen, lives. Because of the new land acquisition, property values surrounding this land will significantly decrease in the future. Luke and the rest of ABC Company are aware of this, but ABC does not have plans to announce this news for another month. A week ago, however, Owen reached out to Luke about wanting to sell his house as he had received an offer to sell it at a decent price. Owen is still debating with himself whether to sell it or not, but he has not made a decision yet.


Luke is a loyal employee and does not want to risk a breach of confidentiality with ABC, but he is also genuinely concerned about the well being of his brother. Selling the house now would mean potentially higher profits for Owen. A dilemma exists about whether or not Luke should tell his brother about the upcoming building of the adult entertainment store, which would decrease the property value of the house he is trying to sell versus disrespecting ABC Company and their confidentiality agreement. Should Luke protect his brother and advise him to not sell his house or should he respect ABC Company and keep the information to himself until it is publically announced? It is clear there is an ethical dilemma in this situation: a matter of doing the right thing and not breaching confidentiality (loyalty to the company) vs. being a good person and saving a family member grief from making a financially poor choice.

ANALYSIS: Applying the ethical lenses/theories


Utilitarianism is a theory that states that moral action is most effective when it maximizes utility, which is defined as…...

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