Whistleblowing

Please help with the following problem found in the textbook: Business Law: The Ethical, Global, and E-Commerce Environment 13th edition written by Jane Mallor, A. James Barnes, Thomas Bowers, and Arlen W. Langvardt (2007). Please answer questions in detail.

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? When an employee learns of apparently unlawful behavior on the part of his or her employer, does the employee have an ethical duty to blow the whistle on the employer?
Yes the employee has an ethical duty to blow the whistle on the employer. From the deontological perspective it is her "duty' to set right the situation, ensure that the law is followed and justice is done. The reason is that the employer is not the only stakeholder in the company. There are others like investors, shareholders, employees and customers. The ethical duty emerges because if an employer is doing something illegal he is transgressing on the rights of some other stakeholder. In case of Enron, the rights of the employees, shareholders, investors and the government were compromised. If the employee keeps quiet or does not inform the right authorities, she becomes guilty of suppressing critical facts, she becomes part of the fraud by not reporting it, she becomes and instrument of the unlawful act, by avoiding her duty.
? Do any ethical duties or obligations of the employee come into conflict in such a situation? If so, what are they, and how does the employee balance them?
The employee's duty to the employer is not to disclose confidential information about the company. The whistle blower has to disclose confidential information. In addition, the employee is not supposed to communicate with outside agencies without the 'permission' of the ...