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In the medical profession, patient’s care and secret are the main codes of ethics addressed. Any medical and/health practitioner that fails to follow the codes of ethics is sentenced to breach the codes of professionalism. Due to this, I strongly agree that, what happened to the plaintiff, the Los Angeles woman, was a rupture of professionalism by the employees of Terrance Memorial Hospital, the defendant. The employees, anesthesiologist and nurse, intentionally impose emotional disconfort on the plaintiff who was a colleague and patient at the time the time the wrongful act occurred. By sharing the misshaped photographs of the plaintiff, the tortfeasors further committed intentional tort of defamation because the plaintiff suffered discrimination from colleagues on going back to work after her surgery (Edwards, 2016).
In light to potential legal liability, there is still room for humor in the workplace environment as long as the humor does not breach reasonableness of conduct. In the Berry v Gulf Coast Wings Inc. case, the employer’s conduct lacked reasonableness towards the waitress. The presentation of a Toy Yoda, instead of the promised Toyota truck, car or van greatly ridiculed Berry in front of her colleagues. As Edwards says, socially unreasonable conduct should be penalized (2016). Work’s main purpose is income generation, professional development and performance appraisals. Use of lies to motivate but cause humor to the employee(s) and/or colleague(s) would result to victimization and emotional distress, which is a moral misconduct that may lead to further crimes. Thus, tortfeasors must be punished for the wrong(s) and the plaintiff(s) compensated for the damage(s) caused to them (Edwards, 2016).
Edwards, S. J. (2016). Torts Law. USA, Boston: Cengage Learning.