Sample Ethics Case Study On Undocumented Workers

Homework Question On Undocumented Workers

Complete the answers to the eight questions at the end of Case 12, “Should Business Hire Undocumented Workers?” pp. 633-636.

  1. What are the legal and ethical issues in this case?
  2. Is illegal immigration primarily an economic, legal, ethical, social, or political issue? Explain.
  3. Are companies that hire illegal immigrants being socially responsible? Evaluate this practice using the Pyramid of CSR introduced in Chapter 2.
  4. What are the legal and ethical arguments in favor of continuing to allow illegal immigrants to be hired by businesses?  What are the legal and ethical arguments against illegal immigration?  Which side do you support? Why?
  5. Assess the issue of illegal immigration using a number of different ethical principles, such as the principles of rights, utilitarianism, and justice. What does each principle have to say about the issue of illegal immigration?
  6. With E-Verify making it so easy for companies to obey the law, is there any excuse for not complying with the requirements of the law?
  7. What will be the consequences of the Mohawk decision? Will this deter companies from hiring illegal immigrants?
  8. What is your assessment of the new Arizona law? Why do states think they need to take action on this issue rather than waiting for the federal government to act?

Homework Answer on Undocumented Workers

1.The ethical issues in this case are:

  • Businesses providing poor working environments because they know that the undocumented workers will not report them.
  • The DHS E-Verify system does not require a person to provide hard copies of their documentation. False names can be used to be put into the system so that a match can come back positive, and most businesses do not report undocumented workers.
  • The practice of paying very low wages to these workers by businesses is also an ethical issue. Most of these workers work many long hours under hard conditions and deserve better pay.
  • The inability by the government to take better control of illegal immigration, is allowing businesses to hire undocumented workers because the number of illegal immigrants is estimated to between 11 and 20 million (David, 2009).

Homework Help

  1. Is illegal immigration primarily an economic, legal, ethical, social, or political issue? Explain.

Illegal immigration can fall under all of the following categories; economic, legal, social, ethical, and political. It is hard to say which one of these issues is the primary one, since one can lead to the other. For example, by not taking a better legal approach to immigration, the government has allowed the number of immigrants to grow, the more this population grows, the more jobs they take, this jobs could of gone to legal Americans, so unemployment goes up creating an economic and social issue (David, 2009). Government assistance is also provided; this creates social issues within the society who does not agree that illegal should get free assistance, it than becomes a political issue because Congress argues with one another in how they should approach the issue (Aoki, 2010).