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ERIC Number: EJ859106
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0896-5811
Managers Confront Competing Practical, Legal, and Ethical Claims: A Comprehensive Teaching Case
McAdams, Tony
Journal of Legal Studies Education, v26 n1 p87-108 Win-Spr 2009
Law classes help reveal the successes of the American legal system. Students observe that the law is honorable, workable, and effective. At the same time, law classes offer the opportunity to look at those situations where the legal system sometimes struggles to achieve its justice goals. Students certainly need to learn that lesson, but they also need to think about those situations where the law labors to provide a fully satisfactory resolution of the competing claims. Business students, in particular, benefit from thinking about how they will manage those moments when the law raises competing demands. In most cases, the law provides a useful, just path through what may initially appear to be an insoluble conflict. In some instances, however, that path may not yet be fully developed, or it may involve a particularly difficult situation that is resistant to thorough reconciliation. This teaching case examines an employment law situation that illustrates both how legal expectations sometimes produce workplace conflicts, and how the law also works to provide a route through those conflicts. The author presents a detailed teaching examination of a single case illustrating the practical, legal, and ethical concerns managers face when confronted with competing legal claims. Students benefit from the "real life" opportunity, provided by this case, to think about managing workplace conflicts while observing the careful balancing the legal system employs in finding a workable answer. (Contains 78 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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