Case 5.2 Ethics: What a Fraud!
The economy is tight, and there is competition
among applicants to land jobs. This setting is expected to lead to an increase
in the number of applicants who will misrepresent their background and
credentials. The hope, of course, is that this bit of fudging will help them
get the job. The misrepresentations might involve a change in the date of
birth, shifting a college major, or maybe even the fabrication of a degree.
There may also be lies about criminal records. The fact of the matter is that
these misrepresentations, whether “little white lies” or major fabrications,
are fraud. It is expected that fraud will be engaged in by approximately 30
percent of job applicants.
a fraudulent imposter can perform the job, what’s the harm?