Should Corporations Punish Employees for Off-Duty Wrongs? Or, Should Murder Be a Firing Offence?

November 29, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm America/Toronto Timezone
140 McLaughlin College, Senior Common Room
77 McLaughlin Rd
North York, ON M3J
Vicky Carnevale
416 736-2100 ext. 33824


Is it ethically right for employers to punish employees for bad deeds committed off the job? When an individual's bad deeds become public, the public often demands and then celebrates retribution by their employer. This presentation explores the sources and justification for such demands, along with reasons why we ought to be cautious about celebrating such action by employers.

chris macdonaldCHRIS MACDONALD teaches ethics and critical thinking at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management. A philosopher by training, he is Chair of the Law & Business department, and Director of the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre. His current research is focused on the epistemic obligations of corporate directors, and the relationship between cynicism and unethical behaviour within organizations.



Poster: Chris MacDonald _Poster_November 29_17

Speaker: Chris MacDonald
Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Time: 12 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: Senior Common Room, 140 McLaughlin College

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Hosted by the Office of the Master, McLaughlin College and Co-Sponsored by the York Collegium for Practical Ethics.