This blog will focus on protected classes, personal view on ethics and how ethics differ from legalities, and an explanation of ethics when taking into account the legal and cultural issues.
Having protected classes is a measure to help protect individuals from either discrimination or harassment in the work place. Protected classes include age, color, disability, national origin, and religion. The following is a list of federal government protected classes: age, citizenship status, color, disability, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, and sex. In addition to the Federal protected classes, the state of Colorado includes: AIDS/HIV, lawful conduct outside of work, mental illness, and transgender status. Comparing Utah and Colorado with the protected classes Colorado employs lawful conduct outside of work, mental illness, sexual orientation, and transgender status with Utah employing genetic information.
Ethics can be defined as the moral correctness, or rules of a specified conduct. Ethics focus on the person and the awareness of what is right and wrong for the individual. Legalities are rules and regulations developed by the government to protect its citizens and implement consequences when and infraction of the law has occurred and reported.
Culture can be defined as the value placed upon a situation and the individual determines if the given situation is right or wrong. These values are not the same all over the world. To understand ethics and legalities and to prescribe the right method of action one needs to understand the culture itself as a whole before implementing what is right and wrong.