Ethical Dilemma



Ethical issues that have evolved as a result of globalization can be seen far and wide now because of the way media has transitioned into information that is readily available on a moment’s notice almost anywhere in the world.   What we as Americans see as human rights issues may also in some cases translate into unethical business practices.   These views may not be shared by many nations who culture may allow for less than normal treatment of its people.   In some nations a person may be forced to work long hours under, by American standards, arduous conditions without proper breaks to eat or even use the restroom.   There are also many told instances of very young children working as hard as the adults, which would violate U.S. child labor laws.   Human rights violations in such places as China and Sudan have triggered some actions and sanctions by other nations, but whether or not it is enough to turn the tide remains to be seen.

The child labor laws here in the U.S. protect our youth from employment that may harm their health, well-being and educational opportunities.   These laws are necessary because if not for them there would surely be employers who would take advantage of them and not allow for them to grow and mature into the productive citizens that we hope all our youth have the opportunity to become.   On the other hand, some of the more impoverished countries or those whose human rights statues are not well founded such as China don’t have laws that protect their children and they may be forced, in some cases to work in hazardous conditions or for unfair wages.   Our laws set a federal minimum standard for in pay for youth while youth in other countries work for little or nothing while putting in longer hours under poor working conditions.   For countries like China, Indonesia, and Vietnam were there are no such laws that protect the young workers, it is readily...