(Solution Download) 1 Given the facts of this case should John have

1. Given the facts of this case, should John have been discharged? Explain.
2. Should the sales representatives of AEM be held to a higher standard of personal conduct than sales representatives for other types of organizations? Explain.
3. Should management have considered John?s past work record before deciding on discharge? Explain.

The following case illustrates the off-duty privacy claim of an employee and management?s right to uphold the reputation of the company.
Before his termination on Monday, May 6, 2004, John Hilliard worked as a senior sales representative for Advanced Educational Materials (AEM), a provider of high-quality educational books and supplies to junior and senior high schools. During his twelve years of employment, John was recognized as an outstanding employee with close working relationships with the schools he served. His sales record was excellent. John?s discharge resulted from what AEM claimed was a serious breach of its code of conduct for employees.


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