Maintaining professional workplace relationships between employees is a continuing challenge for employers regardless of the industry. This challenge can become more difficult when the image companies choose to project has a significant sexual charge. This creates an ethical dilemma about what images companies use to sell products and the conduct expected of employees in the workplace. There's never an excuse or a justifiable reason for harassment of any kind in any workplace, though a willingness to use sexually charged imagery in advertising may indicate a working climate where harmful behaviors can occur with costly lawsuits resulting from permissive climates, reports the Business Ethics website.
Morality and values-based dilemmas in the workplace are, at best, difficult to handle when employees have to choose between what’s right and what’s wrong according to their own principles. Forward-thinking employers who implement workplace ethics policies are usually well-prepared for the potential conflicts of interest that arise due to the diversity of opinion, values and culture in the workforce. However, handling ethical issues in the workplace requires a steady and cautious approach to matters which can potentially be dangerous or illegal.