John is a warehouse supervisor who works for a national company that sells high-quality (and very expensive) electronics – e.g., HD television sets, business and home computers, and business and personal laptops. John has a high school education, and has been employed by the company for 10 years. Recently, John was promoted to an exempt (salaried) low-level management position; his present annual salary is $60,000. Over the past two months, John has been stealing HD television sets from his employer – and reselling them. To date, he has stolen $15,000 in merchandise. When John’s wife Jane takes note of the rapid growth in the family’s savings account, she asks John about the source of the money. John’s astonished response is: “Jane! Are you kidding? Consider the extra money as a company bonus — well, its sort of a bonus anyway .Look, Jane, while I make better money than I used to, it’s not enough compensation for all the stuff I do. This company can afford to pay me far more than what they pay and they choose not to. The way I look at it, Ive earned this extra money! It’s a well-deserved and hard-earned bonus, Jane. You know that we can barely pay our bills. I’m doing what is best for our family! I have to do what I think is best for my family, even if I know it might be wrong!” What are the utility ethics raised in this situation? Be specific! Please provide reference.
Utility ethics raised
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