CASE STUDY 9.1 UNPROFESSIONAL CONDUCT2Case Study 9.1 Unprofessional ConductThe case of Elizabeth Pettit, during the late sixties could be discussed in many ways. During the late sixties many couples were starting to experiment different sexual practices behind closed doors. The term and the practice of “wife swapping” was starting to become popular amongst couples. In the case of Mrs. Pettit, who was an elementary school teacher, she had open sexual preferences with her husband. Even though she was a dedicated teacher during daytime, she and her husband were swingers after hours. There have been many discussions regarding the school board’s action against Mrs. Pettit. Some questions that arisen have been if her privacy rights were violated, was the board justified for firing her after two years of her conviction, if her actions moral or immoral and how important are ethics amongst teachers.In my opinion, Mrs. Pettit’s fellow coworkers and the Board of Education did not violate her rights. Mr. and Mrs. Pettit had the option of sharing their personal sexual views and practices on two local television talk shows. Although both her and her husband wore a disguise during theinterview, one of her coworkers recognized the couple and later on discussed and disclosed the names with their colleagues (Shaw, 2014). When Mrs. Pettit decided to appear on television she made the choice to be exposed to anaudience; thus her privacy was terminated once she spoke. After that exposure, during the late 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s her “lifestyle” became a taboo and was considered immoral by society standards. By discussing her beliefs on two T.V. shows, she gave up her privacy rights and made her lifestyle known to public knowledge. In order to protect our privacy rights, we must ensure that we keep our personal matters private in which Mrs. Pettit failed to do so. To add on, Mrs.
Running head: CASE 9.1 UNPROFESSIONAL CONDUCT 1 Work Place Ethics Essienakya L. Bethel BUS-309 Business Ethics Professor Name Pinto 11/30/15 Unprofessional Conduct During this time in the late sixties early seventies women were starting to feel more liberated when it came to sex. The term “wife swapping” was starting to become a hot topic of discussion at this time (Paulsen, 1974). I’m sure Mrs. Pettit never could have imagine that what her and her husband do behind closed doors could end up costing her career. In this paper I will First, be discussing the issue of a teacher that may or may not have had her rights violated. Second, was the school board justified in firing her. Third, was her behavior unprofessional or Immoral and is she unfit to teach. Fourth, teachers and good performance should they be held to a higher standard outside the classroom and Lastly, I will analyze five behaviors considered to be “Unprofessional” or “Immoral” conduct of a teacher. In the case of Mrs. Pettit, I do not believe the school board violated her privacy rights. My reasoning is, Mrs. Pettit’s husband had testified in court that two years before the incident at