Do you think it is ethical for an employer to use social media information as a factor when considering whether to hire an employee?

Questions 1: A common ethical dilemma used to distinguish between philosophical reasoning
methods is the following. Imagine that you are standing on a footbridge spanning some trolley
tracks. You see that a runaway trolley is threatening to kill five people. Standing next to you, in
between the oncoming trolley and the five people, is a railway worker wearing a large backpack.
You quickly realize that the only way to save the people is to push the man off the bridge and
onto the tracks below. The man will die, but the bulk of his body and the pack will stop the trolley
from reaching the others. (You quickly understand that you can’t jump yourself because you
aren’t large enough to stop the trolley, and there’s no time to put on the man’s backpack.) Legal
concerns aside, would it be ethical for you to save the five people by pushing this stranger to his
death? Use the deontological and teleological methods to reason out what you would do and
why.
Question 8: Your best friend is from another country. One day after a particularly stimulating
lecture on the meaning of ethics by your instructor, you and your friend disagree about whether
culture plays a role in ethical behavior. You state that good ethics are good ethics, and it doesn’t
matter where you live and work. Your friend tells you that in her country it is common to pay
bribes to gain favor with important people. Comment on both positions from a relativistic ethics
point of view. What do you believe and why?
Question 12: Do you think it is ethical for an employer to use social media information as a
factor when considering whether to hire an employee? What about monitoring the social networking
activities of employees while on the job? Use ethical reasoning in answering these questions.
Question 13: In a 2014 segment of Shark Tank, Trevor Hiltbrand, the founder of nootropic
supplement maker Cerebral Success, sought funding from the “Sharks” to introduce a line of
nootropic shots to be sold on college campuses in Five Hour Energy-style containers, but
encountered some pushback from some of the Sharks who questioned the ethics of marketing
to stressed-out, sleep-deprived college students anxious to get good grades. Should it matter if
Hiltbrand was trying to capitalize on the need to gain a competitive edge in college by selling
something that may not have received FDA approval?
Question 18: Using the concept of justice, evaluate how an auditor would assess the equality
of interests in the financial reporting process.