SPJ Code of Ethics - Society of Professional Journalists
In this essay, I do cite the cases in which a companyterminated an employee who chose to follow high ethical principles,and in which the company was able to escape legal liabilityfor that termination by using the doctrine of "at-will employment".
Professional Ethics & Wrongful Discharge
In two of the U.S. Supreme Court cases discussed in my essay onof government employees, the conflict between management and anindividual's ethical obligation resulted in terminationof the individual's employment.
1. Myers' controversy grew out of Connick's decisionto transfer Myers to another section of court,where Myers believed she could have a conflict of interest,in violation of fundamental obligations of an attorney.
There is, in fact, little new either in the repugnance elicited by medical progress or in the ethical problems it poses. Every new biotechnological advance,from vaccines to blood transfusions to organ transplants, has been greeted with a 'yuk' response. And not just scientific advances. Social practices that we now take for granted - such as 'mixed race' marriages and the right of gay couples to adopt children - were once, and often still are, regarded with great moral distaste. Far from being repositories of innate moral wisdom, yuk responses are often expressions of deep-seated social prejudices.