Code Enforcement (adapted from NSPE Cases No. 98-5)
Ada is director of a building department in a big city. Because of budget concerns, the city has been unable to hire a sufficient number of qualified individuals to perform building inspections. This makes it difficult for the inspectors to do a good and thorough job. At the same time, a new and tougher building code was adopted by the city. While this code promotes greater public safety than the last one, it also contributes to the difficulty inspectors have doing a good and thorough job.
Ada sets up an appointment with the chairman of the city to discuss her concerns. The chairman agrees to hire additional code officials for the building department on the condition that Ada agrees to permit certain specified buildings under construction to be inspected under the older, less rigid enforcement requirements.
Should Ada agree to concur with the chairman's proposal?
--adapted from NSPE Cases No. 98-5
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