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Redundant/Firing an Employee

Please assist with the following topic. Please answer with three to four well-developed paragraphs answer (based on reference reading book Modaff, D.P. , Butler, J. A., & DeWine, S. (2008). Organizational Communication: Foundations, Challenges, and Misunderstandings, 3d ed.)

Consider the following scenario: For years you have been impressed by Kurt, one of your coworkers. He has been a tireless worker and has moved up in the ranks of your organization into top management. In addition to being ambitious and high achieving, Kurt is also a very personable, compassionate, and fair-minded manager. He is widely regarded as a uniquely skilled leader. One day you come to work and find out that he has been fired. The reason for his firing is that your employer has discovered that Kurt misrepresented himself when first applying for employment at your organization; he claimed to have a master's degree when he had obtained only a bachelor's degree. Do you think your company is justified in firing Kurt? Do you have any ethical obligation to try to help him, considering your long and harmonious superior/subordinate relationship? What are the ethical considerations at work here? As appropriate, cite your reading material in your response.

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Dear Student,
Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. Before going further however, it is best to create an outline to follow to ensure that you cover all areas of discussion. I suggest:

1. The case - 100 words: a brief summary of what the problem is.
2. The ethics governing misrepresentation - 200 words.
3. Personal opinion - give your own view on the situation including how it could have been handled - 200 words.

Though short, this outline should cover what the problem is asking you to do. Good luck with your studies.

Sincerely,
OTA 105878/Xenia Jones
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The Scenario

Kurt, a co-worker had always appeared to be one of the most tireless and hardworking members of our organization through a number of years. Since he joined, he has never stopped trying to outdo himself; as such he has managed to climb the ladder. He is ambitious and a high-achiever but as a leader he is also personable, compassionate and fair. This made him respected. But then one day he was fired and the reason behind this is that he appeared to have misrepresented himself. He claimed he had a Master's Degree when he only had a BA. If he is such a good employee, was his firing fair or was it justified? Do I have an obligation to help him being that he acted and performed exceptionally as befit the role provided to him despite his misrepresentation? If I were to help him, how ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advice in tackling the task (see above) in providing a discursive answer (see above) on a review of a 'firing' - making someone redundant/fired from a job. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.

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