Ethical areas of conflict

Ethical conflicts arise when someone has to make a choice between violating or abiding by one or more of their moral principles, leading to a paradox where neither choice leaves the individual satisfied. For example, ethical conflict lies at the heart of situations in which a father steals food to feed his starving family or an employee keeps quiet about someone else's misconduct in the workplace in order to save his own job. Ethical dilemmas often have potentially negative consequences for the decision-maker, especially when it involves work. If a manager asks an employee to destroy evidence, for example, the employee could risk his job by disobeying or, if he complies with the order, might commit a felony.

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