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Question: Ayer, an engineer with product development


Ayer, an engineer with product development responsibilities, was confronted with an ethical dilemma. He knew that a product being manufactured by the firm was unsafe for consumer use as a result of cost cutting. He also believed that if he complained to management or to a government body concerned with product safety, he would probably be fired.
a. If Ayer did nothing, would he still have made an ethical decision?
b. If Ayer did nothing because he was concerned that if he complained and manufacturing was suspended many workers would lose their jobs, would he have made an ethical decision?
c. Assume Ayer considered blowing the whistle on the firm by releasing information to the newspapers and television networks. Is it likely that such action would have any effect on the firm or on Ayer?

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