Aug 1st, 2014
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Read the case study for this unit regarding ExtremeNet and Allen Lopez. After tedious negotiations, ExtremeNet and Allen Lopez have agreed to have their case resolved by arbitration. You have been contracted to resolve the following questions:

  1. Should Allen Lopez be allowed to keep his job with ExtremeNet?

  2. Should Allen Lopez be forced to remove his website?

  3. How could ExtremeNet’s executives best respect Allen Lopez’s rights and moral dignity?

Both parties have agreed to accept your ruling but you must consider the rights of both parties.

Write a one page ruling in which you address the above questions and explain your reasoning. Be sure to draw upon ethical concepts in your explanation. The paper should be double spaced and free of errors.

                                                                           Case Study

For seven years, Allen Lopez had worked for ExtremeNet, a well-known, global, high-technology company that provides clients with Internet services such as e-commerce and Web development, online marketing, strategic planning, and research. Allen was well paid and performed well in a responsible middle-management position, which he found rewarding. However, as ExtremeNet struggled to manage the effects of an economic downturn, Allen became disenchanted with the company's treatment of lower-level employees, including his own assistant. Among Allen's concerns were gender and age discrimination during layoffs, as well as changes to personnel policies that he believed treated lower-level employees unfairly.

Allen's frustrations grew after he raised his concerns in vain with his superiors. What he did next put his career in jeopardy: Working at home over several weekends, Allen created and published on the Internet a satiric website that inveighed against the abusive management practices of a fictional company that bore a striking resemblance to ExtremeNet. The site gained some notoriety among high- tech websites and in the business press.

The upper management of ExtremeNet was incensed to learn of the site's existence and was dismayed and concerned that the site generated so much traffic and publicity. Although Allen protested that he acted out of a sense of justice and asserted that his creative work was protected by his first amendment rights, this did not prevent the executives of ExtremeNet from hastily assembling an emergency meeting to decide whether Allen Lopez should be discharged, and whether ExtremeNet should file suit to have his satirical website removed from the World Wide Web.

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