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.
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.