Tidewater Plastering And Drywall Company Case Summary

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against Tidewater Plastering and Drywall Company, Inc., claiming that the company created and maintained a hostile working environment for Jorge Calderon. The suit states that hostile work environment was based on Mr. Calderon’s male gender and Salvadoran national origin. Tidewater Plastering and Drywall Company, Inc is facing the suit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. This Virginia Beach-based company is being sued for violating federal law when it subjected an employee of Salvadoran origin to a hostile work environment based on both his sex and national origin. This company had done work at a popular local area mall and also for the federal…show more content…
The ethical considerations of this case and the use of generalized expectations and interpretations of behavior are not unique to sexual harassment law or to the legal system. It really comes down to treating others the way that you would want to be treated. Although sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, or anywhere, would pose a moral or ethical dilemma for most people, they are some people who might not realize that their behavior is unethical and illegal. However, since there are current laws which clearly state that it is unlawful to treat someone in the workplace unfavorably because they are from a particular country or to harass a person because of their gender, the requests for sexual favors from the foreman were a clear case of sexual harassment. This behavior along with his verbally offensive remarks directed to Mr. Calderon made the foreman’s behavior illegal. Since legal compliance is normally the baseline standard for ethical leaders (Bagley & Savage, 2010, p. 24), it is evident that the president of Tidewater Plastering and Drywall Company was not an ethical leader due to his lack of consideration for the law. The law which would be most relevant to this case is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act

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