Firearms in Work Parking Lot

TitleFirearms in Work Parking Lot
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsDodds, R, Carr, E, Diaz-Sprague, R, Dillard, B, Jones, J, Matalski, M, Miller, R, Potthast, A, Russell, T
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
AbstractWhen a worker dies of an overdose, the management of the company became concerned that employees were not following drug and safety regulations in its parking lot, and so have it searched. They found no drugs, but did find firearms in twelve vehicles. The owners of these vehicles, were fired in the next two days. The company had a long-standing ban of firearms brought into the plant in order to protect workers and prevent workplace violence. In 2002, this ban was extended to include the parking lot. After this incident, many states have enacted laws protecting the rights of workers who want to keep firearms in their cars. In response, many corporations have joined federal lawsuits against these new state laws.
NotesCase from 2006 Regional Ethics Bowls, 2006. Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2006
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