Deontological Ethics Theory to Fulfil Respective Duties Discussion

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Clash of Loyalties: A Practical Look at Reporting vs. Whistle-Blowing vs. Inaction

R.U. Kitting, the assistant comptroller for RockX Industries, a government defense contractor, has a delicate ethical concern on his hands. In the course of his work, R.U. Kitting has uncovered evidence that seems to indicate that RockX may have been over-billing the government for a weapons system project. Under its contract with the government, RockX was supposed to calculate its hourly rate with a formula dividing charges between the more expensive work done directly in their offices and the less costly hourly labor performed by subcontractors. It appears that RockX may have simply billed subcontractor work at the higher in-house rate.

R.U. Kitting, realizing that the weapons system project is the lifeblood of RockX’s business, is at a loss as to what he should do with the information he has uncovered. On the one hand he feels he has a duty to bring this wrongdoing to light. After all, he reasons, there is the greater public interest and common good to consider. On the other hand, the project is so critical to the financial future of the company that the disclosure of wrongdoing could be devastating for the company and its employees, many of whom are R.U.’s colleagues and friends. R.U. also feels a sense of duty and loyalty to RockX, which has employed him for years.

Based upon what you have learned in class, and your experience, what are R.U.’s options?  If you were in R.U.’s shoes, what would you do and why?  What would likely be the implications of this decision for R.U. and the company?