The retired executive director of the Florida Commission on Ethics joined coalition recently challenging the pending legislation, which is aimed at improving the ethical climate of state government. He claimed that if the legislation would be enacted as it currently is, would serve the purpose of protecting politicians more than the public (Cotterell 2013). He singled out the restrain on legislators of dual employment from working for the local government entities whose funding could be shaped in the state budget. He also said that despite the advantages of electronic filling of financial disclosures, this entirely depends on the willingness of the legislature to support this initiative. The legislation does not help protect the interest of the public of Florida. However, it defends the interest of the public officers who would wish it passed as it currently provides. Human rights crusaders in Florida are unified in fighting for the amendment of this legislation to include the public interest.
Yes, employees should have freedom of conscience. This is because employers might be involved in activities that are against the public interest, or activities that counter the rights of fellow employees. In this case, the employees must be conscious in order to ensure that what their employers are doing match the standards that are set by the government (Jansson 2011).
Employees should engage in whistle blowing tactics in cases where all their efforts to stop their employers from doing something wrong have been turned down by these employers. In this case, the employees might decide to inform the concerned departments within the organization to stop or change on the activity that is causing discomfort and wait for it act.
External whistle blowing might occur where the organizational departments have all failed to act on the complaints of the employees. Employees only resort to this option when they have substantial evidence that the phenomenon is disadvantageous and that their efforts have been turned down by the organization. This option helps in defending the public from the wrong doings by the organization (Nelson and Quick 2007).
Cotterell B. (2013, March 18). Coalition calls for ethics improvements. The Florida Current. Retrieved from http://www.thefloridacurrent.com/article.cfm?id=32043131#disqus_thread.
Jansson B. S. (2011). Becoming an Effective Policy Advocate: From Policy Practice to Social Justice: SW 323K Social Welfare Programs, Policies, and Issues Series. Stamford, Connecticut: Cengage Learning
Nelson L. D. and Quick J. C. (2007). Understanding Organizational Behavior. Stamford, Connecticut: Cengage Learning EMEA.