RESOLVING ETHICAL BUSINESS CHALLENGES *
Lael was just hired by Best East Motels into their manager training program and was excited about the potential benefits after her graduation from Florida State University. Working part-time and going to school full-time was the norm for her, but the Best East job replaced her two part-time jobs. With this new job, she would be the one to assign work times. Her luck continued when she met her mentor Nikhil, who was the son of the owner. Best East Motels was a franchise motel chain in the United States. Owners bought into the chain with a $ 500,000 franchise fee and paid for the construction of the motel. In return for the fee, Best East gave each owner a comprehensive pack- age of marketing, management, accounting, and financial materials to boost motel success rates to over 90 percent. In addition, Best East assisted each owner with groups of people that trained staff for every new job, from housekeeping to accounting. The new-hire training course for each type of employee was developed and based on the best practices within the industry. This particular motel had been in business for ten years and was seen as successful.
As Lael went through the manager train- ing program, everything she heard was great. It sounded like Best East was a career path she would want to pursue long-term. Six months into her job, however, Lael started to hear strange rumors. For example, on the night shift she found there was heavy employee turnover and most were females. Lael began to investigate by scheduling herself onto several night shifts. One night, as she chatted with one of the front desk employees, she discovered the girl planned on quitting. She was seventeen and worked at this Best East motel for a year. “Why are you leaving?” asked Lael.
Her reply startled Lael. “I don’t want trouble, just my last paycheck, a good letter of recommen- dation, and that’s it.”
As Lael pressed her for more information, the seventeen-year-old opened up. She spoke about Nikhil talking suggestively about her to other
employees and how he made suggestive physical gestures when she was around. She told Lael about other female employees treated similarly, and this always occurred during night shifts when Nikhil was on duty.
Digging a little deeper, Lael spoke to sev- eral former employees. Most were fairly young female employees. They told her essentially the same thing. For example, Nikhil would routinely make suggestive comments to female employees. In one incident under Nikhil’s watch, some male employees flirted with female employees, includ- ing undocumented workers. Nikhil reportedly sat there with a smile. They also told her Nikhil allowed customers at the motel to offer their room keys to female employees.
After a few weeks, Lael heard the same story from younger female employees and even some of the maids. Their responses to these situations were similar. They ranged from “Nikhil told me if I was older he would ask me out” to “I don’t want to make a big deal out of this because it might appear I’m a tattle tale.” Another common excuse for not reporting was that Nikhil assured them this was part of the motel business and was normal. Most employees were afraid to report on the boss’s son and put their jobs on the line.
Lael reviewed the section of the franchise employee handbook. It clearly stated sexual harassment of any kind would not be tolerated and should be reported immediately to the proper manager. Lael could tell from the manual the alle- gations against Nikhil constituted sexual harass- ment. While the Best East Franchise Corporation had no ethics hotline, Lael thought this could be a legal issue.
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