A former colleague of mine who taught business ethics once explained her class to me this way; law is about the difference between right and wrong, ethics is about the difference between right and “that ain’t right.” Made perfect sense to me.
Employers will list ethical behavior as one of the most highly desired traits sought in new hires. Or any hires, for that matter. No one really steps up and says they want low ethics. Therefore, employers want employees who can discern between what is just right, and what is legal but probably not the right thing to do. They will prefer employees who choose the right thing to do. Even when their culture or management practices push associates to take questionable sales actions to meet quotas or earn bonuses.