Ethical conflict occurs when two or more ethical principles demand opposite results in the same situation, leading to a paradox where neither choice leaves the individual satisfied. In the workplace, ethical conflict can happen when, for instance, an employee keeps quiet about someone else’s misconduct in the workplace in order to save his own job. Solving ethical conflicts may require establishing a hierarchy or priority of ethical principles, or examining the situation through another ethical system.
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