An Ethical and Employment Quagmire: The Case of JBS

Review of Business & Finance Case Studies, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 19-40

22 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2012

See all articles by Michael P. Martin

Michael P. Martin

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Joseph J. French

University of Northern Colorado

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

This case describes a hypothetical ethical dilemma involving labor relations at JBS Swift in Greeley, Colorado. The case describes the employment decisions faced by a hypothetical manager working at JBS Swift during the 2008 labor dispute over working conditions for Somali workers during Ramadan. The case provides detailed background information on JBS Swift, current labor relationships in the meat packing industry, applicable labor laws and ethical frameworks. At the end of the narrative the reader is asked to formulate ethically and legally sound recommendations. The suggested audiences for this case study are upper level undergraduate students and graduate students.

Keywords: Business Ethics, Labor relations, Case Study

JEL Classification: D63, J50, J40, J80

Suggested Citation

Martin, Michael P. and French, Joseph J., An Ethical and Employment Quagmire: The Case of JBS (2011). Review of Business & Finance Case Studies, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 19-40. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1950407

Michael P. Martin (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Joseph J. French

University of Northern Colorado ( email )

501 20th Street
Greeley, CO 80639
United States

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