What is the difference between unethical and unlawful behavior? What does an ethics officer do?© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com June 4, 2020, 12:25 am ad1c9bdddf
Unethical behavior differs from unlawful behavior in the fact that a behavior, though it may be deleterious to the organization and may undermine the organizational core values, the behavior is not prosecutable and not a violation of the laws of the state or country in which the organization is situated. Both unlawful and unethical behaviors demonstrate the perpetrator's lack of application of ethics to the ...
Unethical behavior is assumed to be unlawfull and by the same token, unlawful behavior is assumed ot be unethical. These assumptions are not applicable in every case and the difference between the two is important to understand as it corrolates to the difference between policy and law.