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Business Law Chapter 35 Homework I have special affection for this module

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Book Title
Applied Business Ethics: A Skills-Based Approach 1st Edition
Authors
Dean Bredeson
MODULE 35: Drug Testing and Polygraph Testing
Core Module Issues:
When should a company require employees to submit to drug testing?
When should a company require employees to submit to polygraph (lie
detector) testing?
What should a company do if a worker fails a drug or a polygraph test?
Module Teaching Notes
I have special affection for this module. When I met my Cengage Acquisitions Editor in 2008 to
pitch the idea for this book, I brought along this module as a sample. If you are having a good
experience using this text, this is the material that sold Cengage on the book.
The scenario has also turned out to be among my students' favorites. I get a lot of good debate out
of it.
I'm going to list the three key unit ideas here again, but no need to do more than briefly recap them
(at most). The background information in the text goes into a bit more detail than before, and
includes a discussion of Roe v. Wade (which you may want to address, or may not want to touch
with a ten-foot pole).
1. As with the last unit, the employment-at-will doctrine allows for workers to be disciplined or fired
for any reason that is not legally prohibited. Unless a law says, “you can't”, then a company can.
So, a worker cannot be fired because of his race (because the Civil Rights Act says so), but a
worker can be fired for not getting alone with his supervisor.
2. There is a Constitutional right to privacy, but it generally does not apply to the employer-
3. Few other kinds of laws (as in, statutes and not Constitutional law) exist that give workers
privacy rights in the workplace.
Now, the new item that you should address this time is that there actually IS a law that gives
workers some rights where polygraph tests are concerned. The Employee Polygraph Protection
Act requires that MOST workers be given notice before a lie detector exam is given, and requires
that they not be fired solely based on a failed polygraph exam. BUT, banks (like the one featured
in the module) are EXEMPT from the law.
It is interesting to see who the students have sympathy for in the scenario, and their attitudes on
illegal drug use.
Discussion Points for Scenario Questions
1. Did the CEO overreact when he implemented the drug testing policy, or was his decision
appropriate?
A. OVERREACTED WHAT IF THE OVERDOSE HAD BEEN FATAL?
B. APPROPRIATE WHAT IF THERE HAD BEEN AN OVERDOSE BUT NO
EMBEZZLEMENT?
2. Did the CEO overreact when he implemented a policy of giving polygraph exams to all
employees, or was his decision appropriate?
A. OVERREACTED ARE POLYGRAPHS ALWAYS INAPPROPRIATE IN A
WORKPLACE?
3. How should Anderson and Bates be disciplined, and should they face the same punishment?
A. ONE MORE THAN THE OTHER WHY?
B. SAME AND SO, WHAT SHOULD THAT PUNISHMENT BE FOR EACH?
4. How should Cooper and Daniels be punished?
A. COOPER WHAT PUNISHMENT AND WHY?
5. How should Ernie be punished?
A. SAME AS COOPER AND DANIELS WHY?
B. DIFFERENT THAN COOPER AND DANIELS WHY?

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