Ethics and Aesthetics: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs 21:15, August 29, 2016

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Date: August 2016

In our previous post in our Ethics and Aesthetics series we examined affordance theory and the ways that potential actions shape the way we view the world. In 1943 psychologist Abraham Maslow published a paper entitled “A Theory of Human Motivation” containing a now-famous paradigm: the hierarchy of needs. The pyramidal hierarchy outlines basic human needs and […]

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According to McClatchyDC, the US State Department could not provide records showing whether Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her top aides completed mandatory ethics training while they were working for the State Department. In December 2015 the Republican National Committee (RNC) made a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to discover whether certain individuals […]

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Antitrust laws…are the Magna Carta of free enterprise. They are as important to the preservation of economic freedom and our free-enterprise system as the Bill of Rights is to the protection of our fundamental personal freedoms. — US Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. United States v. Topco Associates, Inc., 405 U.S. 596, 610 (1972) Antitrust law protects […]

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Large businesses lean heavily on technology. Data analytics, through the use of big data and even robots (artificial intelligence (“AI”)), is a popular way to supplement decisions with a certain amount of accuracy, facts, and evidence. However, it is not a panacea for biased or unethical decisions– a responsibility that lays squarely in human hands. […]

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Culture of Compliance: The Foundation of an Ethical Infrastructure For many employees, a job is a job. They arrive for their shift, go through the motions, put in the work, satisfy the requirements, and clock out. Repeat the following day. For other employees, going through the motions isn’t enough. Workplace fulfillment goes beyond liking—even loving—what […]

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The US Department of Labor (DOL), which is responsible for ensuring that employees are paid correctly, paid $7 million to settle a union’s claim that the DOL had been making employees work overtime without proper compensation. In a press release about the $7 million settlement, the union president said “You cannot begin to imagine how difficult it was to challenge […]

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A Ponemon Institute report on closing data security gaps shows that insider negligence is the leading cause of data loss or theft. The report, sponsored by Varonis, is called Closing Security Gaps to Protect Corporate Data: A Study of US and European Organizations. The study surveyed 3,027 employees in the US, the UK, Germany, and […]

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A blockbuster wakefulness drug’s use and abuse by big pharma, doctors, and amped-up workers illustrates the ways unsettled ethical standards in medicine impact the workplace. Deceptive Dealings Drove Drug Prices Higher Teva Pharmaceutical Industries must pay $125 million to settle a lawsuit against its predecessor company, Cephalon, for illegal and deceptive delay tactics to keep generic […]

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Imagine for a moment, while doing work around your home—perhaps lifting a heavy box from the attic to the living room—you feel a sharp pain in your hip and pelvis. The twinge turns into a dull strain over the next few weeks and months. It’s time to see a doctor. The x-rays come back conclusive. […]

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Sexual harassment is, unfortunately, still common in the United States, as shown by data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). It is also a global concern, as shown by recent interpretation of sexual harassment law in India. This post touches upon Indian law and policy to provide insight into United States sexual harassment law. The […]

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