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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I'm a salaried employee, paid on the 1st of each month. My employer is 11 days late paying me. What are my rights? [on hold]

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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Employers deducts pay if a supervisor has to fill in for an employee [on hold]

My boss deducts money from the supervisors at work if they have to fill in for an employee that didn't show up (who makes less). He docks their hours .50 x hours worked cause they are doing a lesser ...
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How to deal with co-workers expressing opinions that I find offensive?

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 ...
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Should I send a thank-you email for answers received?

This is not always a workplace scenario but if I ask someone a question by mail and they reply with an answer, should I reply with a thanks or not? I am always thinking maybe they will think I am ...
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How long does a newly trained employee take to be of use to a company? [closed]

Let's say I am training to be a phlebotomist. The training is relatively quick (a few weeks) and is on the job so I would be hired as I train. The thing is I would not want to do this type of job ...
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Is it possible to ask reference letter from customer/client for remaining projects after resignation? [duplicate]

I am working at software development and consulting industry as consultant and developer. However, I will resign tomorrow from my current company and still do the remaining projects as part time. So ...
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How to inform future employer about my decision to stay with current employer [duplicate]

I had got good salary offer and position from this MNC company from different city than I'm in currently. However I got Counteroffer + Retention Bonus from my current employer and I have taken the ...
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Dollar value changing fast and salary doesn't change

US dollar is changing very fast in my country now. I'm working for a foreign company and I get a very satisfactory salary. But my consideration is as the US dollar is fluctuating rapidly, should I ...
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Ethics in the workplace am I being paranoid?

I've been working at a non-profit for 2 years. The first year was great but I did notice some things that I thought were a bit 'shady'. I report direct to the Exec Director and pay his expenses. ...
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How much information about my job should I reveal on my LinkedIn profile?

I am drafting my current job description for my LinkedIn page. I want to showcase certain projects that I worked on with my team, but I'm not sure if it is "acceptable" to disclose them in my ...
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Do I need to apologize in my rejection email for not picking up a phone call from an employer I applied to?

I applied for a job position more than 3 months ago. Then today I get an email from their HR department with the line "We've been trying to reach you" in size 30 font. I realized from this email that ...
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What to do for bereavement when someone hasn't died yet?

My grandfather has been in the ICU since thanksgiving after his heart stopped. I was told that they are taking him off the ventilator tonight, and that they were planning the funeral for this weekend. ...
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Is it appropriate to ask to arrange relocation after Christmas/holidays even though company is suggesting before?

I've been working full-time remotely for a company in US for +2 months and they've been working on getting a work permit for me and it might be ready a week or two before Christmas holidays. So far ...
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My employer thinks I'm not allowed to work overtime but I am, is it expected that I correct him? [closed]

A friend of mine has the following problem. He's working in an apprenticeship for a German company with 11 employees. Now, in such an apprenticeship you work 3.5 days a week, and have 1.5 days a week ...
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How to leave my job without feeling bad? [closed]

I joined this no-longer-a-startup company 3 months ago. They have a multi-million dollar investment. They hired me on a much higher price than considered normal for a person with my experience. ...
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Doing Inefficient Work vs Eliminating Own Position

I recently started a position as the sole web designer/developer in a company with almost zero experience in the field, resulting in very little oversight or evaluation of my performance in regard to ...
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Ethical to add a newspaper article that does not include my name to my CV

I recently worked on a product that got my company some really beefy profits. I was part of the 12 member team which created it and I exclusively had about 30% of the influence on the project. Now ...
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Job offer,but just started my new job [duplicate]

I recently accepted a position simply because I needed the money. Previously I had applied to another position but they took a month to get back to me, which they finally did today: my first day at ...
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Working for free for a great sound designer?

So a quite well-known and great sound designer has reached out so I would work without compensation on one small project, but with said promise of something else coming soon with "some" budget. He/She ...
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Promoting opensource project at your own company

Right now I am in a strange situation, and looking for advices. I will start with the facts, then move onto the gray area, then to my question. Facts: Given a company (Western-Europe), with over a ...
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Leave a job early to go back to former employer?

Background I worked for Company X for 10 years. They were a large company, I moved around and got to know a lot of people. The last year or so I felt stifled and like I wasn't developing technically, ...
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How do I deal with ownership of ideas at a short internship?

Background I just started an internship and while I'm enjoying myself I've spotted a few areas where efficiency and productivity could be improved. I am also not very busy (read: overqualified and ...
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Should I tell my employer that I need to appear in court

I was arrested while on a vacation. I must appear in court in a few months. It is 2 days drive away. Should I be up front about the fact that I was arrested, and what I was arrested for, or should I ...
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How to respond to an employer's intent to copy software design

We are working on planning a new design of an old outward facing legacy web application and during one of our meetings we covered the specs for what the new features should be along with the look and ...
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Claiming winter wear [closed]

I currently live in a tropical country and would need to travel to a colder place (5 degree Celcius) for business. So I have to buy winter wear to survive the cold weather and it cost quite a lot. Is ...
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Is it bad to interview even if you may not be interested in leaving your company? [duplicate]

Recently I've been contacted by many recruiters about job openings. As of right now I am not actively looking for a new job (I'm happy with my current one) but I am interested in what other ...
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I am leaving soon for a new opportunity. Should I mention my co-worker's deficiency to our manager as I leave?

Background A colleague (we'll call him Tim) and myself work to support/develop several products, including a mobile application. This guy has been here for 2 years and 8 months (I joined 1 month ...
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Ethics of leaving a job after 6 months after comitting to staying a year [duplicate]

I currently work for a large retailer which is in very serious financial trouble. The are likely to go bankrupt within the next year. I worked for the company for seven years but left last January ...
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Quit company but keep working with the same client. Is it ethical?

I'm a programmer quitting my day job at an outsource shop and going freelance. I've already built a good reputation within the company and to the client. Is it ethical for me to keep working with the ...
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What to say when “reason for leaving” is ethical? [duplicate]

I know that it's not a good idea to badmouth former employers in an interview. But what if you quit because your employer was asking you to say or do unethical things? For example, would you say "I ...
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I was told to hide in another room from an auditor, is this acceptable?

When an auditor was inspecting our workplace I was told to go hide in another room from him. I have never, and would never do anything that would create an issue. I find being told to go hide very ...
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Is it unprofessional to move to a company which is physically near my old one?

During my job hunting, I came across a company that I quite like; I interviewed with the company and got a job offer. However, the company is located in the same physical area as my current company ...
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Is it ethical to implement site-wide facial recognition technology without informing all employees?

Background I am a very junior researcher working at a government research institution that, alongside R&D, hosts lots of educational courses. Due to presence of potentially sensitive data, ...
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What action or reaction should be taken against a backbiting senior [closed]

I work for a reputed software company as a developer. In the team I'm working, my architect does not like me. Recently, I was assigned an issue for which I needed architect's guidance. I had found ...
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Working alongside a consultant; ethical to apply for a job with them?

I am currently part of a project with a consulting firm. The project has a fairly firm end date, after which I will return to work as normal, with the additional responsibility of knowledge transfer, ...
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When is it ethical to use some company time and resources for one's professional benefit? [closed]

It's obvious, though, for example, that you shouldn't try to learn Photoshop on your financial firm's time (unless they assigned you a job to design something for them, though that's unlikely). The ...
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Limiting job for some months to manager

I am working as software technical consultant and my job description is to become pre-sales and delivery. Pre-sales is the one who meet new prospect, do demo and POC create proposal, while delivery is ...
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Would it be ethical to inform hiring committee that a current member was part of a previous committee?

In an earlier interview today, I sat down for a panel (two committee members and myself) interview, one of whom was on the committee for a previous position that I interviewed for but was not ...
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Change requried salary after phone interview [duplicate]

Would it be acceptable to change my required salary in the personal interview after stating a low number in the phone interview?
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IT consultant left and no one can understand his style of programming [closed]

There are a small group of programmers where I work. A few years ago our boss brought a consultant in to help us move to a newer programming language. Since then our boss was 'resigned' and we now ...
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Can I prevent my company from modifying source code that I wrote for myself and gave them to use? [closed]

I'm a programmer. I love my job, I love it so much that I continue spending time programming when I'm at home in out-of-office hours like in the evening or at the weekend. The language that I program ...
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Should I reveal information that could get someone fired?

A co-worker needed a new iMac for his desk (the 27-inch model). He purchased it with the company credit card, but it was delivered to his home. He didn't bring it in to work for about three months. ...