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Review the attached Case Study "Wal-Mart: But We Do Give Them a 10 Percent Employee Discount."

Summarize the overall viewpoint of the author. Discuss ethical issues facing Wal-Mart dealing with, "off-the-clock-work," sexual discrimination, health benefits, the role of unions, the use of undocumented workers, as well as issues relating to child and labor laws. Review the Questions for Thought. Answer these four questions using the business ethics principles.

Your discussion of the ethical issues facing Wal-Mart must be in paragraph form. However, your responses to the four Questions for Thought can be answered either in paragraph form or as a numbered list. There is no minimum word count requirement for this case study. I need an answer to the discussion of the ethical issues facing Wal-Mart and a response to the questions.

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The answer to this problem explains Ethical issues facing Wal-Mart. The references related to the answer are also included.

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The viewpoint of the author is that Wal-Mart has pursued its low cost strategy by regularly violating the rights of employees. The view point of the author is that Wal-Mart has mistreated its employees by off the clock work, sexual discrimination, low health benefits, undocumented workers, and violation of child and labor laws. Even when law suits have been brought against Wal-Mart for each of these violations, Wal-Mart has not shown any genuine respect for its employees. Wal-Mart has taken actions such as receiving employee feed-back, giving a special polo shirt to certain employees, giving a premium holiday to some employees, and allowing employees to purchase one item that would be discounted by 20 percent. These reactions show the tokenism of Wal-Mart.

From the deontological ethical point of view, once the workers have punched out their time cards the company has the duty to let its employees go. Wal-Mart is not ethical because it did not allow its employees to go. It is the duty of Wal-Mart not to lock in its workers. It is the duty of Wal-Mart not to discriminate against women. It had committed an unethical act because it has discriminated ...

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