Business and Management
Submitted By irfan4bba
An ethical dilemma
Carla knew something was wrong when Jack got back to his desk. He had been with Aker & Aker Accounting (A&A) for 17 years, starting there right after graduation and progressing through the ranks. Jack was a strong supporter of the company, and that was why Carla had been assigned to him. Carla had been with A&A for two years. She had graduated in the top 10 percent of her class and passed the CPA exam on the first try. She had chosen A&A over one of the “Big Four” firms because A&A was the biggest and best firm in Smallville, Ohio, where her husband, Frank, managed a locally owned machine tools company. She and Frank had just purchased a new home when things started to turn strange with Jack, her boss.
“What’s the matter, Jack?” Carla asked. “Well, you’ll hear about it sooner or later. I’ve been denied a partner’s position. Can you imagine that? I have been working 60- and 70-hour weeks for the last 10 years, and all that management can say to me is ‘not at this time,’” complained Jack. Carla asked, “So what else did they say?” Jack turned red and blurted out, “They said maybe in a few more years. I’ve done all that they’ve asked me to do.
I’ve sacrificed a lot, and now they say a few more years. It’s not fair.” “What are you going to do?” Carla asked. “I don’t know,” Jack said. “I just don’t know.” Six months later, Carla noticed that Jack was behaving oddly. He came in late and left early. One Sunday Carla went into the office for some fi les and found Jack copying some of the software that A&A used in auditing and consulting.
A couple of weeks later, at a dinner party, Carla overheard a conversation about Jack doing consulting work for some small fi rms. Monday morning, she asked him if what she had heard was true. Jack responded, “Yes, Carla, it’s true. I have a few clients that I do work for on occasion.” “Don’t…...