Decision Making Processes When Confronting Ethical Dilemmas at Work


7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


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Decision Making Processes When Confronting Ethical Dilemmas at Work

This program will provide VLERA members and guests the opportunity to discuss a set of facts in the context of two discrete ethical decision-making processes: The Three Ethics Test and the Four Question Method. These two tests are based on the work of Harvard’s Professor of Business Ethics, Joseph Badaracco’s concept of “right vs. right” ethical dilemmas.

After a short introduction and explanation of the two tests, attendees will be sent to breakout rooms of three to four members. Each group will assign a recorder/speaker. Each group will spend 45 minutes discussing the two methods in the context of the scenario that the facilitator will provide to them. After the groups have completed their work, the speakers will present the groups’ decision on how they would handle the dilemma and explain their groups’ process for making that decision.


Brandie Laughner, MPS, SHRM-CP

Lara Innes, MBA

Learning Objectives

At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

*Describe and explain the criteria associated with two discrete ethical decision-making processes
*Critically analyze the value of each of the processes as tools to resolve an ethical dilemma
*Create and present an oral report that supports their assessment with respect to which of the two decision-making processes is more effective in resolving ethical dilemmas in the workplace. 

HRCI Recertification Credits and CEUs

This workshop event has been approved for 1.5 SHRM/HRCI recertification credits. 

Pre-Workshop Assignments

Please feel free to review the public PowerPoint presentation designed by Lara Innes in advance by following this link:!Aqhs9ymo3P_8gRfbqAhw8EStS2XD

If you have any trouble accessing the PowerPoint, please email me at 

Location Link will be provided the day of the presentation.


VLERA Member: No Cost
Others: $5.00

Facilitators’ Biographies 

Brandie Laughner

Brandie Laughner is a Society for Human Resource Management- Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and HR Manager. As a 2022 graduate of Penn State’s Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) program in Human Resources and Employment Relations (HRER), her concentrations during graduate school were in Employment and Labor Law, and Ethics & Organizational Leadership. She also possesses two Bachelor of Science degrees from Penn State—one in Labor and Employment Relations, the other in Psychology.

Her prior professional experience includes sales, photography, management, administrative support, HR consultation, and an HR generalist equivalent Studio Manager position that ignited her passion for human resource functions, employment law, and ethical leadership nearly a decade ago. Her provision of HR consultation services in 2022 began during an action research Capstone project for a 3PL and expedite logistics organization. The experience advising executives, employees, and business leaders invigorated her passion for serving others by bringing strategic, ethical, conscientious, and values-based forethought to key decisions. Whether addressing internal culture concerns or ameliorating HR systems, structures, and processes—her gusto for supporting and encouraging organizations to realize their full potential is indelible.

As a founding member of V LERA since its inception in 2018, she has served on the Board first as Secretary in 2018, then as the Vice President in 2021 before being elected to serve as President in January of 2023. 

Lara Innes

Lara Innes is a military spouse currently stationed in Cherry Point, NC. Originally from Germany, Lara moved to the United States in her 20s and is fluent in English, German, and Turkish. She has had the opportunity to visit various European countries, including France, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Belgium, and Luxembourg, mainly because she has a large family scattered all over Europe, Turkey, and Canada. She also lived in Okinawa, Japan, for four years.

These experiences have given her a unique perspective on different cultures. Lara first witnessed the adverse effects of job loss when her father was let go from a long-held position. She has since developed a deep understanding of the importance of job security and its impact on a family’s livelihood. This experience ignited her passion for improving workers’ lives through fair and stable employment.

After earning her GED, Lara attended a community college before transferring to Penn State, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Labor and Employment Relations. More recently, Lara earned her MBA from the University of Maryland. She is now researching doctoral programs while also applying to law schools to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to fight for the rights of those who are fighting just to make a living.


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