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Playing by the Rules: Ethics at Work

Website: http://www.wliw.org/programs/playing-rules-ethics-work/

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The three-part documentary series PLAYING BY THE RULES: ETHICS AT WORK examines how ethics play a major role in contemporary business practices and challenges viewers to think about what they would do in these situations. From debating whether or not to act on insider information, choosing between employee well-being or shareholder obligations, or disclosing a rare but potentially fatal side effect of a newly manufactured drug-ethical decision making is a critical skill. But even the most moral character can be influenced in ethical gray areas.

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  • Engine Trouble

    In the early 2000's, the German automaker Volkswagen set an ambitious goal - to become the world's largest car company. What was the key to its plan? Dramatically boost sales in the United States by developing a new, clean-burning diesel engine for cars sold in America. Instead, that effort would result in the biggest scandal in the history of the auto industry.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/2/2018 to 10/1/2021
  • Taking Advantage?

    Medicare Advantage, run by private insurance companies, is an alternative to traditional Medicare. Originally conceived as a way to rein in healthcare costs, the federal government now pays Medicare Advantage companies nearly $200 billion a year to cover some 19 million seniors. Yet, according to one government analysis, nearly 10%of the payments to those private insurance companies are "improper." It's suspected many of those improper payments are the result of fraud. Now, several whistleblower lawsuits allege that some of America's biggest insurance companies are systematically bilking the Medicare Advantage program of billions, all part of their business model.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/2/2018 to 10/1/2021
  • The Bank Job

    Wells Fargo liked to think of itself as America's main street banker. Nearly all are familiar with its iconic red wagon and the catchy song which celebrates it. But behind that friendly image was a secret. In an effort to boost its bottom line & its reputation on Wall Street, Wells preyed on millions of ordinary customers - fraudulently opening accounts in their names, selling them unnecessary car insurance, and charging them fees for delays which were the bank's fault - actions which recently led to a fine of one billion dollars.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: 10/2/2018 to 10/1/2021

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