The voluntary release of non-public information is
T 1. Norman Bowie compares whistle-blowing to the civil disobedience of the 1960s.
T 2. Whistle blowers can be motivated by a sense of professional responsibility.
T 3. Whistle blowers are often stigmatized as disloyal.
F 4. Whistle-blowing is never justified.
T 5. The question of motive is an important one in Kantian ethics.
F 6. The phrase “morally justified” is never ambiguous.
F 7. Concern with self-interest is never warranted.
T 8. Supererogatory actions are above and beyond the call of duty.
T 9. The Saxones-Oxley Act provides protection for employees who report possible securities fraud.
T 10. Executives who retaliate against employees who report possible violations of federal law can be imprisoned for up to ten years.
F 11. There are never any social benefits to whistle blowing.
T 12. Some writers deny that employees have an obligation of loyalty to the company they work for.
Do you believe that there could ever be situations where whistle-blowing could be immoral? If so, what would they be? If not, why not?
One of the requirements for whistle-blowing to be morally acceptable, according to Shaw, is that it is done with the right intention. Why does the intention with which an act is performed affect its moral character? What would Kant say here? Do you agree that intention is morally important? What would Mill say here?
Do you think that it is enough for an employee to disclose a conflict of interest, and allow his or her employer to make a decision concerning what to do? If so, what do you think would be the strongest objection to your position, and how would you rebut it? If not, why not?
Do you believe that bribery can ever be morally acceptable? What about grease payments? What, if any, are the differences between the two?
Do you believe that employees can freely choose to restrict their future employment opportunities when accepting employment with a firm? Why, or why not? Do you believe that an employer’s request for such future restrictions as a condition of employment is morally acceptable? Why, or why not?
Do you believe that there is anything morally problematic with insider trading? In answering this question you should consider the views of both Mann and Shaw, as well as the moral views of both Kant and Mill. You should argue for your view.