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Should Kroger Pay Now For What Ralph's Employee Did Then?
Transcript of Should Kroger Pay Now For What Ralph's Employee Did Then?
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The Kroger Company acquired the Ralphs Grocery chain in 1998. The company had a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment. However, in April 2002, the company would have to pay compensatory and punitive damages totaling $30 million, the second largest sexual harassment verdict in the history of the US, for the actions of Roger Misiolek, a Ralphs store manager accused of harassing six female employees at a Ralphs supermarket, during 1995 and 1996.
Ethically Kroger should not pay at all because the incident occurred before Kroger even owned Ralphs but actually it depends on the acquisition contract between Kroger with Fred Meyer and Fred Meyer with Ralphs. However, why would Kroger do not fire Roger right after they acquired the company. They let Roger worked for 14 months. Therefore, Kroger have to pay the fine. It is because Kroger itself has broke their policies of zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment (1980).
All complaints must thoroughly investigate and must have proper corrective actions. In order to prevent the occurrence of similar scenarios in the future, there is dire need to formulate a clear-cut procedure for dealing with these kinds of issues. Companies must also strictly adhere to the various provisions of human rights and integrity of employees.
Ralphs allowed Misiolek to continue managing store because of his capability to achieve profits at the stores that he manage and of achieving excellent bottom line figures at those stores.
1. What can a company do to make sure that a situation like Misiolek’s does not occur?
2. Why do you think Ralphs allowed Misiolek to continue managing stores?
The judge is not right that the company as a whole should not be held responsible for his actions. Any company should be held responsible for their actions including Ralphs. According to what I’ve learned, corporate organizations are morally responsible for their actions and that their actions are moral or immoral in exactly the same sense that human beings are. Hence, Ralphs are morally responsible for their actions assumed that the complaints did not reach Ralphs’s headquarters in Compton or not.
Ralphs Grocery should be held responsible because their management did not facilitate feedback, complaints from employee to headquarter. The most important thing that should be underlined is in April 1996 several women already complained to Ralphs management but the company did not take any disciplinary action toward Misiolek. Misiolek did not remove from his position as store manager, but instead moved the complaining women to other stores.
The penalty should be compensatory and punitive damages. It would be such a good idea based on compensatory justice principal.
The penalty should be compensatory and punitive damages. It would be such a good idea based on compensatory justice principal. In my point of view, it is actually depending on how much the cost to rehabilitate the victims and how much the victims
were aggrieved. $33.3 million penalty was excessive because the psychological impact for some employees was not seriously same. Except for those who were grabbed, touched, patted, hugged, touched their breasts should give much more than
1. Assuming that the store and district managers of Ralphs received complaints about Misiolek's behavior starting in 1985, but that these complaints did not reach Ralphs's headquarters in Compton, do you believe that the judge is right in holding that the company as a whole should not be held responsible for his actions?
2. Should the company be held responsible for policies that prevent complaints from reaching headquarters?
1. What kind of penalty do you believe would be appropriate for Ralphs?
2. In your view, was the $33.3 million penalty excessive? Was the final 2006 judgement fair?
Should Kroger have to pay for events that happened before it took over the chain of
Do you agree with our justification?
1995-1996: Roger Misiolek, a Ralph’s store manager accused of harassing six female employees at a Ralphs supermarket in Escondido California.
1998: The jury awarded the six woman $550,000 in compensatory damages and $3.325 million in punitive damages. California Judge, who presided over the trial, discovered that one of the jurors was a shareholder of Ralphs Grocery Company. Ralphs asked that the case be retried and 6 women and their lawyers would have to return to court to retry the penalty phase of the trial. 14 months after Kroger acquired Ralphs, the company finally suspended Misiolek.
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The wrongful act of distinguishing illicitly among people not on the basis of individual merit, but on the basis of prejudice or some other invidious or morally reprehensible attitude.
Affirmative action program:
A program designed to ensure the proportion of minorities within an organization matches their proportion in the available workforce.
Inefficient use of HR, should basis of competency or merit.
Violates basic human rights, each individual has a moral right to be treated as a free person equal to any other person.
Violates the basic principle of justice by differentiating between people on the basis of characteristics (race or sex) that are not relevant to the tasks they must perform.
Arguments against Discrimination
Judge should not only penalize the Kroger with money penalty but judge have to give a strict sanction by non activate the store (Ralph).
Provide a training for manager and employee about managing diversity.