Read Chapter Three, Chapter Four, and Chapter Ten of The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business (textbook: Lau and Johnson).
For each of the following scenarios, state whether you believe litigation, ADR, or criminal prosecution is the appropriate response and explain your answer, citing information from the textbook as support for your positions.
- Adele is a secretary for her company. As part of her responsibilities, she can write checks for the purchase of office supplies. One week, she is short on cash and may not have enough money to buy groceries for herself and her daughter. She writes a check out to herself, intending only to do this once and reimburse the account. She never does, though, and finds herself in a similar situation a few weeks later. This happens several times and Adele ends up taking a large amount of money from the account. Eventually, the accounting manager discovers a discrepancy and confronts Adele, who admits to writing checks to herself.
- Robert has purchased a doll from a large, multinational company for his infant daughter. His daughter enjoys playing with the toy. However, several weeks after getting the doll, the Robert’s daughter pulls one of the dolls fingers. She puts it in her mouth and swallows it. The doll’s finger blocks her airways. Robert rushes her to the hospital. Doctor’s are able to remove the doll’s finger, but not before lack of oxygen causes brain damage to Robert’s daughter, resulting in extensive medical bills and a heavily impaired quality of life for the little girl.
- ABC Company has ordered several thousand light bulbs from XYZ Company. ABC ordered specialty light bulbs to be used in special heating lamps they produce. These lamps require 250 watt bulbs, but XYZ sends 150 watt bulbs. The mistake delays the shipment of several thousand heating lamps, resulting in losses to ABC Company.
Prepare an essay of at least 1,500 words. The paper should be 12-point font, Times New Roman, and include a list of any outside sources used.
In addition, the student should consider the following questions for reflection: What are the purposes of criminal law and how do they compare to the purposes of civil law? What would a society be like in which individuals and organizations were only subject to criminal liability and in which there was no civil liability for torts or violating contracts?
Minimum words is 300 and cite references in apa format.