Ageism And Regulating Off Duty Conduct


The purpose of this discussion is to give you the opportunity to applyethical theories to the complex issue of Ageism in the workplace,particularly in the area of employment. In the modern workplace thereappear to be three key issues which address ageism in employment; someof which has been exacerbated by recent economic issues and an agingpopulation: Older job seekers fight ageism as a barrier tore-employment; younger job-seekers have trouble obtaining career entry;and last, evidence in many countries highlight that older workeremployment and youth employment are not connected in any way. This lastpoint is generally known in economics as the “Lump of Labor Fallacy.”This seems counter-intuitive to personal belief and perceptionsperpetuate a view that if older workers are employed in a tight labormarket, then they must be occupying the jobs of the country’s youth.Prepare and post a response to the following prompt:

Using at least one ethical perspective or theory from the text and oneitem of scholarly evidence, present an argument to a group of youngerworkers (regarding older worker and youth employment) that refutes thenotion that older workers take employment from the young.

Regulating Off Duty Conduct

The purpose of this discussion is to give you the opportunity to applyethical theories and perspectives to modern issues of the workplace.Off-duty conduct away from the workplace can be monitored and reportedin many ways and with the increase in social media use, there will befar greater opportunities for employers to become aware of whatemployees get up to outside of the workplace. While some types ofbehaviors are especially concerning as they may have on-dutyconsequences, there are other types of off-duty behavior which are moredifficult to clearly define as grossly inappropriate to warrant employerintervention. But who draws this line and what are the ethicalimplications of where the line is drawn? Prepare and post a response tothe following prompt:

Using the resources provided, your own research, and your knowledge ofthe ethical concepts from the text, consider the issue of off-sitemonitoring of conduct:

  1. Are there different levels of concerning conduct and should they be treated differently?
  2. What are the issues for the employer? Using one ethical theoryor perspective, to help support the employer’s viewpoint, and use ascholarly resource as your evidence.
  3. What about the employee’s viewpoint? Use one ethical theory orperspective to support the employee’s right to privacy outside of work,and use a scholarly resource as your evidence.
  4. If your boss asked about your off-duty activity, how would yourespond? Share your un-emotional, well defined, evidence-based, responseto your boss to support your viewpoint.

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