Corporate responsibility toward consumers should guide all companies. Businesses have legal and moral obligations to provide their consumers with safe products without using false advertising and without doing harm to the environment. Ethical companies also practice fair and equitable hiring and employment practices. These case studies address unethical and occasionally illegal practices some companies have engaged in.
Instructions: See the following case study and use the questions to guide your response:
Case Study 15: Wal-Mart: Challenges with Gender Discrimination
a. Provide a summary of the issues Wal-Mart has faced with gender discrimination using both this case study and an article you locate on the topic published in the last 6 months.
b. What arguments would Wal-Mart offer to counter the plaintiffs’ allegations?
c. Explain how the outcome of Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is important for major stakeholders in the case, including the American society and expectations of corporate responsibility.
• A Word document, written in third person with no use of first-person “I.”
• 2-3 pages, excluding the Title and Reference page.
• APA format, including in-text citations for referenced works.
• Two resources cited, the textbook by Weiss and at least one additional source. Weiss, J. W. (2014). Business ethics: A stakeholder and issues management approach (6th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler.