Ethical Issues In The Movie Erin Brockovich

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This movie “Erin Brockovich” present few number of business ethical issues. This film is based on true story and demonstrates few business ethical issues for their own profit. The movie describes the story of Erin Brockovich who is a struggling single mother who becomes connected to Ed Masry’s law firm because of an unfortunate car accident, and begins working at the law firm out of desperation for an income. As she spends time filing papers as a clerk, she becomes interested in the human nature of the medical cases and persuades Ed Masry to allow her to investigate further. Erin spends numerous hours examining these cases and finds a link to between the community members of Hinkley, CA and a company by the name of Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), who have a plant in Hinkley. The ethical dilemma that was illustrated in this film was bribery. This issue was also viewed very negatively, and as if the bribery offer was too small to even be taken seriously. There were two good examples of PG&E’s attempt to bribe the members of the Hinkley community to drop the charges against them, and even before that to accept that their health issues were not at all related to PG&E. The first example of bribery was shown when a PG&E…show more content…
I understand that it would be difficult to act against your company, as I believe it was for PG&E employees; however this exercise illustrated exactly how important it is to act in an ethical manner, even if your company is unethical. By focusing on the families that were affected by PG&E’s unethical behavior, the movie was impactful in portraying how serious the effects can be if they are not treated appropriately. If I am ever faced with a situation where my company is acting in an ethically questionable manner, I know this experience will provide great knowledge for me to lean on and ultimately take the right

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