Marley Hartman, Sondra Simpson
January 1, 2015
Ethics & Social Justice
ethical decision making, quid pro quo, PADIL decision making, power, sexual harassment
Journal of Critical Incidents
This critical incident describes a situation that a relatively new mid-level manager experienced in the workplace. It was seemingly a case of sexual harassment, presented in the form of second hand information from a subordinate. This subordinate claimed to witness an explicit sexual act between another employee and an upper level manager in the vicinity of the business. Once addressed, the employee claimed that the sexual favor was not consensual, but a “quid pro quo” situation. The manager, who was currently off the clock when presented with this information, was forced to make a quick decision on what to do with this second hand information. Students are asked what they would do if placed into this situation.