Justice at Work

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Companies continuously make choices about who gets hired and who does not, who gets a raise and who does not, and who gets a promotion and who does not. Those decisions have significant implications for the division of income in society—and consequently for economic inequality. That is why ethical questions about inequality and fairness are important to business ethics. In this chapter, we elaborate, explain, and compare three important ethical principles that can be used to guide decisions about hiring, remuneration, and promotion: the utilitarian, libertarian, and desertist principles.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBusiness Ethics
Subtitle of host publication A Philosophical Introduction
EditorsWillem van der Deijl - Kloeg, Wim Dubbink
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • justice
  • inequality
  • libertarian principle
  • utilitarian prinicple
  • just salaries


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