Ethics are the 'unspoken rules' of society. They are what govern how people behave when not bound by law. Questions with this tag should deal with how to handle situations where it is unclear how acceptable a given course of action might be within society (either the society of the workplace, or ...

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How will I answer a call from potential employer in the office of current employer? [duplicate]

I don't want my colleagues to be suspicious about me looking for other company. What should I do?
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Is it ethical to attend a company-organised event after my last day?

My company co-organises lots of events and if the events are of technical nature, we as employees, get promo codes that allow us free entry. One such event is being organised in a couple of weeks. ...
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I have been overpaid, do I have to pay it back? [on hold]

I was working for a company on and off for the past year or so. I worked for them over this recent Christmas period (ages ago I know) and got paid mid January for my work. I then received a letter on ...
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Forbidden relationships between subordinates and managers — is it possible or impossible to handle it without banning it?

While drafting the workplace rules of a small business, I got to the part where I have to decide what to do with workplace romance, and I'm indecisive as to what to do with romantic relationships ...
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What to do when confidentiality is violated by a member of Management [on hold]

What to do if confidentiality is deliberately violated by Human Resources more than once? What to do if this person is the head of Human Resources? The head of human resources gives an employee's ...
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Should I have lied about not picking up trash on my break? [on hold]

I was asked in a group interview for a service-sector job whether I would pick up trash on the company's lawn if I randomly walked past it on my lunch break of my own initiative. I indicated that I ...
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Misleading/out of date LinkedIn profiles - saying you still work for an employer when you don't [closed]

I keep coming across people (recommended connections mostly, due to having connections in common) on LinkedIn who have been fired, laid off, "left under a cloud" etc from my employer but their ...
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Using work I've done in last job in a portfolio to start freelance work

Last year I worked for a company that did mobile apps. A couple of months after I started to work there I told my boss it would be a good idea to start doing web sites to sell in a bundle with the ...
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Is it ethical for an Employer to use personal (financial) information in negotiating salary?

I live in eastern Europe, and I work for a mid-sized (West European) IT Company, where all salary-related issues are handled directly by the CEO. About six months ago I requested a series of ...
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Is it ethical/professional that I associate acquired skills with my employment history in resume?

I am now updating my creative resume for my job prospects. I wanted to highlight my work experience and my skills, but normally, I would have to choose either skills or work experience to show on the ...
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Is it unethical to notify a company about an employee who is seeking employment elsewhere?

We recently received a call from one of our vendors. They wanted to let us know that one of our current employees had applied for a job opening at their company. Was it unethical for the vendor to ...
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Is it unethical, or a conflict of interest, to hold shares in other companies in my industry?

I work for Company A and hold shares in Companies B and C who are competitors of A, or work in the same industry "niche" (e.g. A, B and C are all banks and I work in credit card processing for A). Is ...
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How do I prevent my manager from abusing a contract specification that breaches my privacy?

I'm employed as a software developer. In my country the employer is not allowed to monitor your activities due to privacy laws. However, due to the nature of some of our clients, our company is ...
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How to approach leaving a company within 3 months? [closed]

I joined a startup almost 2 months back. Before this I was a partner in another startup where I worked for around 4-5 months but things didn't work out for me there and I started hunting for a job. ...
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Can I contact clients I found through work for my personal business?

My employer deals with many many clients, several of which I would like to approach to offer the services of my new personal businesses. I have never personally dealt with any of the clients I would ...
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How to answer professionally to coworkers who tease me because I am vegan?

I have been in this company for one year but still, being the sole developer, I haven't had many occasions to talk a lot with my coworkers and we haven't even had many chances to chit-chat that much. ...
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Using non-company-relevant resources from “group” training (like Pluralsight) towards a new role outside company

My company (employer, not my own company) has paid for a "group" training subscription, similar to Pluralsight as that's probably the best known - that they add employees to and we can use all kinds ...
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Re-negotiating a raise after informally accepting

Here's some background: I'm currently a junior developer at my company. I started as an intern and was promoted during a time in which the company lost two senior developers unexpectedly. When I was ...
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Responding to job offer while waiting for another offer at same company? [closed]

I'm in a bit of a panic right now, so I'd love some advice. I'm sorry in advance for the long post. I applied for two different positions at the same company (a large hospital), let's call them job A ...
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Is it ethical to coach referrals?

If my company has a referral bonus clearly I benefit financially in the short term from getting my own referral hired. That said, I'm genuinely not interested in referring people I wouldn't want to ...
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Education Reimbursement for course taught by friend

An old friend of mine just published a year long course relating to CV / Machine Learning that I would very much like to take. The course is non-college online learning, but is respected and ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for a raise as a student?

Please forgive my English, I am not a native English speaker. I am currently working as a computer programmer in some company. I am also a full time student, so I work part-time during the semesters, ...
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How should I approach a recruiter once you got an interview call via internal referral?

The recruiter sent me a job profile for which I sent him my resume but after 2 days later he responded that the employer thinks my profile didnt match the job description. In the meantime, I ...
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How to get donations anonymously in a room [closed]

I need a way for my free courses adult students to donate 1 pound in the classroom if they have. While protecting the ones that don't from feeling ashamed or obligated by me or others knowing it. I ...
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Client is asking for a copy of my contract to let me enter into their offices

I work in a consulting company and I currently work with the client, who is asking me a copy of my contract. I scanned and sent my contract with some of the information hidden (income and personal ...
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How to explain to future employers that I left my previous company because of ethical reasons without tarnishing my previous employer?

As a follow up question of this I need to figure out a clever way to describe my situation during future job interviews. The summary of the situation: I was working for a start-up as a software ...
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How much time should I give/commit to an employer [closed]

I was hired last June, and so far I've learned a lot overall, although not as much as I expected to; mostly due to the size of the department, when I joined we were 4 and now we're only 2 doing all ...
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I broke an appliance at a company-supplied house — should I turn myself in?

The company I currently work at offers accommodation to interns, a position I currently have. This accommodation is shared among other interns. It so happens that I broke an appliance at the house. ...
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I do not have a relieving letter [duplicate]

i worked for a MNC between April 2008 and September 2009. In july 2009 however, i was on long leave for medical reasons. Subsequently i was unable to join back the office post my leave. I had few ...
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Is it ethical for an office mate to coach you even though he or she is senior than you even though hes not part of the team? [closed]

I had an office mate(s) who boldly coaches me, i felt so down when they do it seems like the director or my boss is telling them to do so. I'm a java programmer and most folks or colleagues are .net ...
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Attending a Strip Club after hours on a business trip [closed]

Is it appropriate to attend a strip club after hours during a business trip? My employer and/or our client has paid my travel and lodging expenses however I also feel what I do after work is my own ...
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Taking a break close to lunch time [closed]

Company policy allows employees to take a 15 minute break during each half of their shift. The policy also states that this break cannot be taken in conjunction with your lunch (to essentially extend ...
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Manager watches through CCTV [closed]

I am currently outsourced to a agency. I work in place where they are tons of CCTV. For example, even now, behind my desk there's a CCTV to monitor. That is fine. When I step out for a short ...
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How can I stop my company from forging documents?

My boss often has one of my co-workers Photoshop new dates, prices, addresses, and even names onto invoices in order to fraudulently submit them for rebates. My boss and co-worker are very open about ...
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Maintaining a paper trail after leaving a company

Over the course of my two years with my current employer, I've collected a small but not insignificant amount of company data on my personal machine(s). Most of these are in the form of old config ...
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Would a hack for a competitive video game look good on a resume, or would it call into question my ethics?

I'm considering developing a hack for a competitive multiplayer game and putting it on my resume. Is this a good idea, or would it cause too many questions? Could I avoid this by not distributing or ...
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My boss told me I'd have to pay him to quit. Can he do that? [closed]

I'm negotiating my updated contract at work and my boss, in an attempt to get me to comply, told me I could owe him up to $20,000 if I were to quit. His argument was that he invested a lot of money ...
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Reverse Engineering ethics

As a freelancer, in what circumstances and with what provisions (if any) would it be ethical to reverse engineer an app that a client says they own, but do not have the source code for? Should you ...
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Is it ethical to share a hiring incentive?

A former colleague of mine is looking for a new job, and I told him I think he'd be very happy taking one of several open positions at my current company. I believe the compensation, benefits and ...
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Never had specific job titles so what should I do with my resume [duplicate]

I'm being treated for depression and I'm "cursed" with honesty. The titles I held with former employers and my specific job roles I held don't match what I want to change to. In many of the roles ...
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How to deal with designers who plagiarize copyrighted content when management isn't concerned?

I'm a web developer for a small startup working with a team of about 8. Since I am considered a developer, I am typically discouraged from doing design work so I can focus on more technical issues. ...
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Ethics regarding setup of forwarding rules unknown to mailbox owner

I work with someone, I'll say her name is Jane, who is an administrative assistant here. Jane discovered that unbeknownst to her, someone had set up several automatic forwarding rules in her Outlook. ...
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Ask My boss whether I can use the office over the weekend?

I would like to receive feedback on whether I should ask my employer if I can use the office over the weekend. Context includes that this is a very small engineering office of about 5 employees. My ...
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Manager reveals private information about other employees offhandedly: best way to approach?

I'm part of a company development program, and we've had a new manager overseeing the group. He's solely in charge of the logistics and HR aspect, and doesn't assign us tasks or projects. However, ...
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Unethical Employer force me to file a resignation [closed]

I've been in a company for 8 months now and I have signed a contract for 1 year and I have finished my project. My contract is not specific to this project; it is a year term of employment for the ...
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private company [closed]

If a company says in appointment letter after foreign trips you have to serve 1 year failing to do so you have to pay the actual amount invested on you depending on which month you are leaving. my ...
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Provider is “cheating”, but I don't want to disclose how I found out

I am an experienced IT developer who recently switched to IT consulting. My current project involves fighting horrible software performance on a server farm my client has rented. My client recently ...
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Is it acceptable to ask the customer of my company what problems they want us to solve most?

I'm working as a software developer in an IT company, further called employer company, which develops and maintains some software for another company, let's call it customer company. I want to have a ...
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Using documents obtained from a previous job [closed]

What are the implications for a business that has an executive that regularly shares documents he retained after he left his previous job? Additionally, what should an employee who's been asked to ...
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My employer is forcing its employees to defraud its customers, how should I handle this situation?

Right now I have a really uncomfortable situation and not sure what's the best way to handle it. I am working as a software developer for an outsourcing company based in Eastern Europe. Most of its ...