Jane is a facilities engineer with a 300 person manufacturing company. She has been invited, along with two co-workers, to a dinner and concert which will be paid for by a vendor – Ajax Construction. The reason is to celebrate the successful completion of Phase I of a large project between Ajax and Jane’s company, a project in which she has been a key contributor. Phase II of the project will start in about ten months, and bids for that work are still pending. One of the companies bidding for Phase II is Ajax, and Jane will be involved in selection of the vendor.
Discuss the options available to Jane regarding the dinner and concert, and what problems could she face by accepting the “gift” from Ajax Construction?