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 leave right on time to catch a bus?

So I have been at my current job for just over three months now and am loving where I work. Just recently I have had to start taking the bus in to the office both in the morning and at night. This bus ...
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Forced to work at another company location [on hold]

A year ago I hired in with a company that pays well and has great benefits. I felt quite lucky to earn a position here. However business has gone down progressively since I hired in, and now my ...
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“Conspiring” to leave the company, along with another coworker

I work at a very small software development firm (6 people, not including the boss) where the accumulating dissatisfaction with the workplace is forcing me to start actively looking for alternative ...
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Should I accept compressed deadline for a specific incentive? [closed]

Situation My boss asked me for an estimated timeline for a project I'm working on. I told them in a detailed list it would take me five weeks to complete all the features they asked for. They ...
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Can an employer cut an employee's pay on a whim? [closed]

Is it ever appropriate for an employer to force an employee to take a pay cut for performance-related reasons in a technical field, even if the employer relies on subjective evaluations and refuses to ...
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Company is letting me go because they are closing, but they are still operating? [closed]

My previous company stated that they are closing as they could not pay their creditors and as a result I was told I no longer work there. Since then, the company is still operating and providing ...
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Position originally with a recruiter now it's on LinkedIn [duplicate]

I'm new to utilizing recruiters and had a question. I had interviews (one phone and then in person) with a company through a recruiter. The recruiter made a couple of mistakes 1) she confused my ...
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How to work with resellers when client also contacts us directly?

I have a small company. We work with others that resell our services. Sometimes we are contacted directly by the end client to bid on contracts that our resellers have already bid on. How can I ...
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How to ethically resign after working less than a month? [duplicate]

I'm a newly hired science grad and I don't like my current work. It has only been a week, but I was forced to take this job as there are no responses to my applications; they require experience. My ...
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Manager wants to hire an employee he's sleeping with, against the advice of his team leaders

Background I'm leaving a non-management position with a nonprofit at the end of the month. The nonprofit operates at several sites within the region and my position reports directly to the manager of ...
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Should I quit, and if so with a long notice? [closed]

Background: I joined an early stage startup co-founded by my professional acquaintance (let's call him Founder-X). I was interested in working on Distributed Computing and Big Data. The primary ...
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Resigning a new job because of ethical and legal dilemas? [duplicate]

I'm a recent college grad. I spent 10 months total, 2 months post graduation, looking for a job. I moved back home into a horribly abusive situation because I didn't really have another financial ...
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How to go about approaching my employer about outside work

I'm a developer who has developed an idea for my current workplace that I'd like to take a lot further and take to market. The company I work for has no interest or legal way to sell software (we've ...
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Supplying Food for Training meetings

I have been put in charge of running some training seminars for co-workers from other departments. These training courses will be 2 hours long for 10-30 people and will be put on by either myself or ...
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Can my resume mention a company that my product was resold to?

Last year I wrote and sold a software product to a small financial consulting group A, which now runs on their servers. They recently resold it, without any technical tailoring, to a major ...
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I worked on an exciting project for a company that went under. Can I now talk about it (NDA)? [closed]

In my last posting I was fortunate enough to work on a very exciting project that I had a non-disclosure in place for. Adhering to this disclosure I've never directly talked about the project except ...
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I want to remove fake experience from resume [duplicate]

I have a total of five years experience currently reflecting on my resume. Two years original experience, a year of fake experience and two years from where I'm currently working. I've recently ...
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How much should I help my colleague

I have a colleague who's double my age and sometimes asks questions related to development that I didn't know 6 years back. But given his age and experience, am I doing right to tell him like what ...
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Should I tell prospective employers about a brain injury?

I'm re-entering software engineering in the USA after 3 years unemployment due to a brain injury. I've recovered 85-90% cognitive function, which is as good as it will ever be. Unfortunately, there ...
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Ethical to report a critical software bug, project is due in 3 weeks

I am a 21-year-old graduate student CS major and I am doing an internship this summer at a well known insurance company as a software developer. Before my current job, I was a research assistant at ...
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Under what circumstances would it be acceptable to cancel an offer that has already been accepted

A company whose offer I accepted is having a major technical issue with their online onboarding application which is preventing me from completely signing off on each of the tasks required. There is a ...
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Being one-man-army and end up “strong-armed” [closed]

I have went through How to deal with an incompetent colleague? and How should I handle an incompetent coworker?, but I feel my case differs quite a lot. I started working at my current workplace - ...
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can I change my mind after signing contract? [closed]

When I was waiting a feedback from company A I have received a job offer from company B. After that I informed company A that I have received official job offer from another company. Company A said ...
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What to do when your manager doesn't accept your vendor's answer about a bug?

Basically, my company uses Software A, which provides a developing framework and a lot of generic code templates. My company purchases this software and uses it as a platform, making customizations ...
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Is it ethical to demand a rate increase in the middle of a contract? [duplicate]

If I engaged in a one year employment contract, and 6 months in I decide I am unhappy with my hourly rate, would it be unethical to demand a rate increase?
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Application Confidentiality [closed]

I applied for a job and then made it to being one of the two finalists. I asked on the application that my current employer not be notified. After I did not receive the job a memo was then put out to ...
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Is it unethical for my employer to ask for free copies of my companies software?

I started an online software company a few years ago. If I find and take a full time job with a new company while still running my software business is it unethical for the new employer to ask to use ...
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How appropriate is it to learn “insider” knowledge of a companies interview practices when interning?

I'm an intern at a tech company. I might eventually apply there for a full time job. I found my company's list of interview questions on our Intranet documentation. I'm not sure whether or not it ...
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Is it rude to eat/drink in front of a colleague who is fasting during Ramadan? [closed]

I often feel hungry and have snacks at my desk. Today, I realized that Ramadan has begun and my colleague who sits beside me is fasting. So I quietly kept my snacks back. I felt it might seem rude and ...
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My worksite keeps adding to my job's requirements. [closed]

I've been working at a Mental Health agency for a while and recently they've been adding more and more to the responsibilities of the job. As our job takes on more and more responsibilities, the ...
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Can you hire a candidate that a recruitment agency provided a CV (unsolicited) of without going through the agency? [closed]

The normal process of working with recruiters seems to be to speak to them, read their terms of service, negotiate a rate, and then proceed to receive candidate profiles (CVs/resumes) However, ...
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Approved Vacation Time Rescinded

I'm seeking advice about a matter of vacation time at my workplace. Here's the story. I have been wanting to go to a large music festival for quite some time, years actually. I decided that this was ...
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Being a company's only web person, how should I expect to be treated? [closed]

Thanks for taking the time to potentially help me here. Even if you're not a web designer/developer I think you might be able to offer some advice. I used to work at an ad agency as a webmaster, but ...
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Bring up a candidate's possibly unethical work experience in interview?

I have a candidate for an open position and I will interview him in a few days. His résumé looks quite promising. However, his work experience lists two projects which are in a field of activity which ...
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My boss is assigning my work credit to others. What should I do?

When I first joined my current company, there was a colleague(developer) on the same level as I was, who has got reputation of not producing any results, got involved in my first project during my 3 ...
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What are the downsides of not informing people about being succeptible to panic attacks?

This question: Panic attack in interview: Just leave or explain? Has a top voted answer that - basically - recommends NOT telling people upfront that a person has mental health issues that ...
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Who deals with ethical issues in the workplace? [closed]

I guess everyone should have their own professional and personal standards when it comes to ethical conducts and standards, but in an age where corporate and social responsibilities are becoming more ...
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Mistakenly received confidential e-mail detailing unethical behavior

I was a little surprised to receive a confusing e-mail from someone relatively high up in our organization who I hadn't had any contact with before. The e-mail was part of a long chain of forwards and ...
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Internship: Employer refuses to Pay [closed]

I am currently working as an intern in a small company. When applying for the job, I and the employer agreed that I would be payed a small amount each month - "150-200 euros" - so that I can cover my ...
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Is it a good technique to bring a notebook and a calculator to a salary negotiation meeting?

To properly evaluate offers and counteroffers that includes benefits and whatnot, I'll need the proper tools - a notebook and a calculator. HR : I'm sorry, but we can't do X. However, we have ...
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How do I let my old manager know I don't want to return to his team?

I am currently on a years student placement at my company and have spent the last 6 months as an application developer. I have enjoyed this job and learnt a lot of useful skills but I have come to ...
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Recruiting company seeks written permission from current employer of the applicant

I've recently looked at a job circular of a certain company which was previously government owned (now privatized). In that circular they mentioned: Applicants who are currently employed should ...
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Should I provide my boss with a list of reasons why I'm quitting? [duplicate]

I submitted my letter of resignation earlier today to my supervisor. He forwarded it to our boss and shortly after the boss wanted to meet with us for a discussion. Basically he wants me to provide a ...
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Signing contract on the starting day? Not before?

I've been through a really long hiring process, almost 2 months. After 5 interviews with managers and directors, a psychotechnic evaluation and finally a health analysis, they called me, and told me ...
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Request from client of ex-employer for recommendations of new provider

I left my previous job for a better opportunity in January. Yesterday I received a message from a contact I had made while working at the previous position. This client is the biggest, "most ...
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Should I get a reference from an employer with a negative reputation?

I work as an intern at a large scale company and am coming to the end of my contract. I sacrificed a lot to take this placement so put a lot of effort into making a name for myself in the company. ...
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What do I do if I hear something against work policy without seeing who was responsible

I was using the bathroom, and was in the stall when I heard sounds that were very suggestive of pornography coming from the other stall, which was closed. To be clear, there were two voices and they ...
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After signing a contract, will they give me time to settle things at my current job? [closed]

I've been through a long interview process, almost two months now, for a job in a huge multinational company. Last week they contacted me to schedule the psycho-technic evaluation; and it seems I'm ...
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Responding to VP of HR's confession of illegal hiring practices?

This is a throwaway account, for obvious reasons. I work for a fast-growing medium sized tech company. At a recent company conference, I attended a session that was run by our VP of HR and the topic ...
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How to keep a good relationship with your colleague when managment helped you by making a decision that hurt them?

Firstly, I'd like to maintain a good relationship with every colleague. I work in a supermarket that is open from 7 - 22 everyday of the year. I have quite a lot of colleagues so when somebody isn't ...