Complete Case details are given below :
Case Name : Starbright Jewelers
Authors : Karen E. Boroff, Samantha Lordi
Source : North American Case Research Association (NACRA)
Case ID : NA0321
Discipline : Business Ethics
Case Length : 07 pages
Solution Sample availability : YES
Plagiarism : NO (100% Original work)
Description for case is given below :
Roger Cosgrove had to make a decision on what to do with his employee, Jennifer Johnson, whom he learned had allegedly stolen $120,000 from his former business associate, Michael Libretti. He was conflicted by the ethical dilemmas this issue raised. In April 2011, Cosgrove had a chance meeting with Libretti at Libretti’s place of business, Starbright Jewelers. Cosgrove and Libretti once operated Starbright in a joint operation but, because of changing economic conditions, dissolved their joint operation amicably in 2008. Johnson, who had worked for both men at Starbright, elected, at Cosgrove’s request, to follow him to his new business venture, Silver Shine. She continued to work part time on Saturdays for Libretti at Starbright, to supplement her income. Cosgrove and Libretti had remained friends, and occasionally met to catch up on news. It was at one of these get-togethers that Cosgrove heard from Libretti the accusation of theft. Johnson had left her part-time job at Starbright in 2010 on her own accord. When Libretti subsequently hired a replacement for Johnson, he discovered through the replacement’s efforts that Johnson stole about $120,000 from him from 2004 through 2010. After Libretti shared with Cosgrove this story, he asked Cosgrove what he, Cosgrove, was going to do, in Libretti’s words, “with the thief who is working for you now.” Cosgrove had to balance the competing needs of the many persons who had an interest in his decision. He wanted to protect his business, his reputation, and his customers from exposure to a potential thief. He wanted to protect his family’s well-being and also to be supportive to his business associate, Libretti. Even so, he felt that taking action on Johnson was assuming she was guilty already, without benefit of any investigation. He sought advice from several sources, and was frustrated that there was no clear direction to follow.
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