Should Private Discrimination Constitute an Act Discreditable to the Profession? A Philosophical Look at a Practical Ethical Question
Robert W. McGee
Fayetteville State University
As published in Journal of Accounting, Ethics & Public Policy, Vol. 1, No. 4, pp. 681-687, Fall 1998
Rule 501 of the AICPA's Code of Professional Conduct prohibits acts that are discreditable to the profession. Discrimination in employment practices is considered to be an act that is discreditable to the profession. This article looks at the philosophical and practical questions that arise when one digs beneath the surface of Rule 501 in an attempt to determine whether private discrimination should be classified as an act that is discreditable to the profession. The author also explores the general concept of what might be considered an act that is discreditable to the profession and questions whether there should be such a rule that prohibits personal conduct that does not violate rights.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 7
Keywords: Acts discreditable, Rule 501, Accounting, Ethics, Discrimination
JEL Classification: K2, J7, D63, M4Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: January 27, 2001
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