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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Is this gift from a vendor something for me personally or is it work property? [on hold]

I met one of our equipment suppliers some time ago at a conference. I was asking them questions about their line and they, with great interest, started asking me lots of questions. It turned out they ...
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Ethics of double dipping hours worked

I recently started a new job where I am paid a regular salary, but must track my hours. I can charge them directly to a contract, or indirectly to discretionary funds. A lot of my time (especially ...
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Two part-time positions; boss wants me to drop one [on hold]

I work for two organizations. One is a multinational equipment manufacturing company where I do corporate intranet maintenance and training. The other is a small consulting company (about 5 people), ...
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What should I do about a co-worker with bad hygiene [duplicate]

There are many many complaints about a specific female co worker at my job who always comes in VERY musty , its putrid !! I am not a manager so if I directly addressed the issue I could be seen as the ...
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What should I do if I have given authorization for references to an ex-friend without real positive feeling? [closed]

About an year-year and a half ago I was pretty close with a friend of mine, but about 7-8 months later we started drifting apart and seeing each other very rarely (once a month or so, on occasions ...
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Should I stop flexing my working hours?

I am doing an unpaid internship as a requirement for my college degree. When I started I was told that working hours are from 8:00 to 16:00 and I perfectly kept to that schedule for some days. ...
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Juggling two jobs with different pay [closed]

I currently have two zero-hour contracts with different employers and different salaries. Let's say for the sake of simplicity, employer A pays 20$ and employer B pays 30$. The problem is, employer A ...
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How can I seem not sketchy /what's “normal” when sharing code to company without giving them access to my server/github repo?

A private company allowed me to use their API to make REST API calls (using Basic Authentication) in my application's server side. They also asked to see my implementation before I can go live. From ...
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How to deal with annoying acquaintance

I wasn't really sure where my question belongs here or on SO, but I decided to go for it on The Workplace; excuse me if I chose the wrong place, also, excuse me for my english. Here's the situation: ...
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Should I get an alias if my name is long and associated with something a company does not like? [closed]

I am a teenager looking for a Summer job. My real name is very long. It is a Celtic spelling of a common Welsh name. I'm worried that the length might be part of why nobody is even contacting me back....
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Can i become an astronaut ? Will it affect college? [closed]

My parents would fight a lot. There were times when my older sister younger sister and I would see my dad hit her or throw something at her. That does not happen anymore because we had a lot of ...
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Is it ethical to contact board members of my employer to participate in my side business?

I am a manager for a winery, and I am looking to build a business based around wine tourism, including B&Bs and winery tours. Can I approach board members and investors of my current employer to ...
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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? [closed]

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? [closed]

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 [closed]

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? [closed]

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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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 I'...