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Paul Cronan Case Ethical Analysis This case involves a corporate response to AIDS in the workplace The return to work of Paul Cronan a person with AIDS after a much-publicized lawsuit led to a walkout of his coworkers This case documents the circumstances which preceded the work stoppage Analyzing this case from Paul Cronans supervisors point of view there are three main ethical issues to be considered duty to protect the interests of the company New England Telephone NET obligation to maintain the rights of the other employees and duty to provide for the safety and privacy of Paul Cronan There are ample examples throughout the reading to support identification of these three issues It is evident that there is substantial interaction between Cronan and his supervisors in the early stages of his illness Cronan contacted his first boss Charlie OBrian asking for permission to leave work for a doctors appointment on three occasions Cronan disclosed his illness to OBrian on the third attempt to leave early from work On his return to work he was instructed by his boss to see the company doctor Later he contacted OBrian asking to be put on medical leave Months later when he was well enough to return to work he contacted his new supervisor Richard Griffin who informed him that he needed a medical release to return to his job He also asked Griffin for a transfer to a less volatile environment These examples prove that the two men were Paul Cronans supervisors and thus had to be concerned for the safety and well being of Cronan There is evidence to support that there were other employees in Cronans department When his illness was revealed co-workers purportedly threatened to lynch him if he returned Later it was reported that damaging graffiti had been written on the bathroom stalls On his return to work after the legal settlement fellow employees treated him
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