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 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 [on hold]

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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While teaching how should I give justice equally to both female and male students equally? [migrated]

I am 27 year old unmarried male teacher. I am doing teacher ( lecturer) as a profession since last 6 months. The students are 4 to 5 years younger than me. The problem is that while teaching I have ...
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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 ...
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How to handle a boss asking me, an IT admin, to monitor an employee's activity on his computer?

Here's the background of my specific case. The director of a department suspects that an employee is playing video games at work. This problem is aggravated by the fact that the department is ...
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Can a company i no longer work for keep my my email address active [duplicate]

A company I used to work for a year and a half ago still has my email active. I suppose to intercept any leads or info about me. I'm not sure if they respond, but when I send emails to the old ...
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How to balance scientific integrity with marketing needs?

I'm an engineer and I mostly do R&D. Often I am asked to test our product (a sensor) for performance, for two kinds of audiences: Customers (where my employer's name goes on the document) ...
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How do I resign from a job I just started without offending anyone? [duplicate]

I started a new job about a month and a half ago. From day one I didn't like it and felt that it wasn't for me. Initially, I assumed that I was only feeling that way because it was new to me and ...
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Is this misuse of company funds? [closed]

Assume a small internet based service company that rarely has physical contact with customers, vendor, partners, etc (once in two years with no reason to see that trend changing). Less than 10 ...
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How to handle workplace lies [closed]

How should I handle a situation where the owner of a company is lying to my coworkers? An example scenario would be "The company took a loss last year". The reality is that the private company ...
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What should I do when a company bypasses a recruiter and tries to talk to me directly? [duplicate]

A recruiter found my profile in a job site and I agreed for them to represent me via email. They forwarded my details to a client and said client adds me in LinkedIn. Client then messages me stating ...
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Getting out of questionable tasks that are not part of my job

I work as a designer/front end developer for a small software company, and the CEO is currently acting the role of the only sales person. Lately I've been asked to create e-mail campaigns for various ...
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I'm a salaried employee, paid on the 1st of each month. My employer is 11 days late paying me. What are my rights? [closed]

I am a salaried employee that is usually paid on the 1st of each month. This was agreed upon in my employment contract. They cut a cheque for the 1st, but it bounced. They say funds are coming ...
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Is it rude to turn down a job examination after you have accepted it?

I'm about to graduate and some companies are already offering job positions. Then one day, I was offered a job position at a company and they want me to take an examination first which I accepted ...
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How to deal with co-workers expressing opinions that I find offensive? [duplicate]

Some of my coworkers complain about their children and how horrible their lives are because of their children. I find this behavior to be very offensive and disgusting for a variety of reasons. How ...
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How do I know when to contest a bad idea and when to let it go

I work as a designer for a software company, and work directly with developers on their newest and most important product. I am gaining a very good understanding of the software and how it works. ...
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I think my colleague is lying about having a PMP, what should I do? [duplicate]

I'm working as a junior PM under someone 10 years my senior. Her LinkedIn profile claims that she has a PMP, though she does not use the title in email. I have heard complaints about her performance ...
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Resigning within a few months of accepting new job? [duplicate]

After almost a year of unemployment, things really looked up in early Jan when I got called up for an interview for a large government organisation. I also applied for my 'dream job' at another ...
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Career Advice: Should I leave my current team or wait for promotion? [closed]

I have been working for this company for about 11 months now. Everything is going well, however feel undervalued with regards to my salary. About 4 months ago I was passed up for a position with a ...
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Is it ok to offer cash to a colleague to do a task that I do not want to do?

I was given this task that hardly anyone wants to do and is so boring. It is also on a boundary of my expertise. The DB gives some general recommendations when I tell him politely that I am stuck with ...
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Is it appropriate to inform HR that a colleague has made past (disproved) accusations of harassment in the context of a new accusation?

TL;DR Is it ever appropriate to raise with HR that a colleague has made (subsequently disproved) accusations against colleagues in past workplaces? Background A manager at my company (let's call ...
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How to decline promotion due to financial reasons withought jeopardising relationship with the company? [closed]

My friends’ current situation prompted me to fish for a professional help. My friend is being working 13 years with the current company. Always scores good marks in appraisals. However things are not ...