The paper 'Options Available to Sue, the Choice and Reason" is a good example of a human resources essay. The glaring ethical issue in the case is the misuse of office by senior personnel to commit crimes. The internal auditor, Robert Drew, has brought to the attention of the human resource director, Sue Davenport, an incident of fraud being committed by the senior vice-president, Dan Murphy. This case was reported to Robert by an employee who has severally travelled with Murphy and seen how he fraudulently inflated the expenses during trips in terms of food, accommodation, taxi service and duplicate payment.
This is a case of the senior vice-president of the company dealing dishonestly with the company’ s money. Mr. Robert being the internal auditor can document a minimum of $30,000 being phony charged made up by Murphy. Despite Murphy earning more than half a million dollars every year, he can still defraud the company in terms of petty cash. Sue suspects that there are other phony dealings that Murphy is engaged in that the company does not know about.
Sue and Robert decide to investigate Murphy more and bring to the notice of the CEO the abuses that the vice-president is engaged in. Robert is concerned about the entire issue of this move since he feels that he will be victimized because Murphy is in a senior position. Sue insists that there is no such thing as immaterial fraud and Murphy has to be reported to the company’ s CEO and president plus members of the audit committee have to be notified. As far as Sue is concerned she is just playing her role and implementing the company’ s policies.
When Robert and Sue meet the CEO and report Murphy's abuses in the company, the CEO dismisses them casually claiming that Murphy makes millions for the company and the executives are being petty for reporting such a small issue. A concern that comes in is the issue of organizational hierarchy when it comes to dealing with errant behavior. There are senior officials in organizations that are untouchable when punishing errant behavior. The organizational bureaucracy victimizes a lower-ranked employee when he reports a crime committed by senior employees.
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