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Civil Rights & Employment Discrimination: Philadelphia Movie

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Please answer the following questions that are related to the movie "Philadelphia"

1. How would you describe the ethical dilemma confronted by the managers at the law firm?
2. Are the managers at Wyant & Wheeler justified in firing Andrew? What set of criteria
would you use to arrive at this decision?
3. How is the fact that Andrew concealed his illness relevant to the case?
4. Is Joe morally obliged to accept Andrew's case?
5. Why do you think that Joe finally accepts the case?
6. If you witnessed an instance of discrimination, would you intervene? What would inform
your decision?
7. Are we ethically entitled to interpret the experience of others?
8. How does our interpretation alter the experience of others?
9. What are the consequences of believing or not believing these experiences?

Source: Carlos B. Gonzalez and Augustin F. Zarzosa, The Film Philadelphia As a Case Study of Ethical Dilemmas in the Workplace, Journal of Business Case Studies, Volume 4, Number 7. July 2008.

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1. How would you describe the ethical dilemma confronted by the managers at the law firm?

There wasn't any ethical dilemma because the ethical thing to do would have been to not discriminate against someone who had a disease that was not transmittable without sexual contact. Therefore, the managers at the law firm were facing a social dilemma since AIDS was fairly new during this era and many people were afraid that they could get it by touching the person who was affected hands.

2. Are the managers at Wyant & Wheeler justified in firing Andrew? What set of criteria would you use to arrive at this decision?

Of course they weren't justified because they fired him for having AIDS and being a homosexual. That is the only criteria necessary to ascertain how ...

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The civil rights and employment discrimination for Philadelphia movies.

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