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HR Ethics for Wal-Mart

For better understanding and utilizing your expertise complete an explanation on evaluating the role that ethics plays in HR management, focusing on Wal-Mart ethical issues that either it has faced or might face.

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Ethical behavior on the part of any organization is a human resource management concern because whether or not a company behaves ethically affects all stakeholders in the organization. Thus human resources management functions of training, performance management, and discipline policies are all affected by ethics and must be managed using ethical behavior (Noe et al, 2003).
Ethical behavior also can affect another important HR function, recruiting. Companies whose unethical behavior costs employees their jobs or hurts the public in some way cause potential job candidates to want to avoid them as potential employers. Ethical behavior and the reputation for it help companies to not only keep the best employees but also the best customers (Noe et al, 2003).
Unethical behavior is also sometimes illegal. Wal-Mart for example has had a sex discrimination lawsuit filed against it that went from being a suit brought on by one individual to a class-action lawsuit on behalf of 1.5 million current and former employees. The women claimed that Wal-Mart's promotional system favors men over women, and when looking at the statistics it does appear that way. However, Wal-Mart contends that ...

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This is a discussion of the role that ethics plays in HR management, focusing on Wal-Mart.