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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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Disclosing details of my previous employment to my new employer

Short explanation, because it's probably important to my question: Not too long ago I left my previous place of employment, let's call it Company A. I was working as department lead, and I left due to ...
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Politics and promotion after angering now-retiring senior employee [on hold]

TL;DR My superiors told me I'm the best candidate for a promotion, but someone else is being officially considered with higher favor due to me offending the person who is resigning (and opening up ...
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Coworker submitted my code as his own

A co-worker, Bob, and I have been working on a project that was supposed to be completed together. Due to his lack of time management, he has been stuck on a bug for over a month. Today, Bob merged ...
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Is it acceptable to 'bypass' a job application web screening form? [closed]

I would like to apply for a Mechanical Engineering job, which I believe I meet all of the skill/experience requirements for, except that they are asking for a PhD on the job description, which I don't ...
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Ethics of recruitment for the foreign nationals [closed]

I have been working as an expat in the UK wherein I had possessed a work permit; i was recruited here as a foreign national. Prior to my employment, i.e. during the job-search period, I was with a ...
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Ethics when former colleague applies for position

So I recently changed my job, and have been given a req for a new hire reporting to me. I may be able to announce the position on Linked In. For ethical reasons, I will NOT be approaching anyone at ...
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Miscalculated remaining vacation days after I quit my job

Today was my last day at work. At least I thought so. A few weeks ago I officially quit my job and told my bosses that I have remaining vacation days and will thus leave in early October with my ...
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Previous service subscription still active. Okay to use it? [closed]

Imagine a hypothetical scenario in which a previous employer was paying for an employee to use Microsoft Office connected to the employees work email address and the employee leaves the company. ...
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How do I politely ask a superior not to make my PII public?

A superior of mine has sent out a spreadsheet with everyone's personal contact information. I did not approve this and I do not think it is okay to have everyone personal identifying information ...
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Software license not valid in my country; how to handle being asked to use it anyways?

I work for a Greek affiliate of a USA company. In the past, the company itself did the mistake to buy a bunch of AutoCAD and AutoCAD Plant 3D licenses in USA for use in both offices (USA and Greece)....
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Collaborator witholding code before deadline

A long friendship has ended, and I am looking for an objective, collective third party opinion on this matter. Summary: five days before a critical deadline, a collaborator has, with no warning, ...
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Is it fine to quit after company spends for future business trip?

Me and my fiance are in the same team under same manager. The manager and the rest of the team is unaware of this. We plan to tell them 2 months before our marriage. We are not sure what happens after ...
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Increased duties during last 2 weeks [closed]

I have given my 2 weeks notice to my employer. From what I understand your last 2 weeks is a time to finish up projects and assist in the training and transfer of job duties. Since I have notice, my ...
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Boss asked me to comment on friend's abilities

I am a student researcher pursuing an internship (thesis, actually) at a research institute in Germany. I have been working here for a few months now. One of my friends had asked me about my ...
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My manager is obstructing me from doing my job, and it's creating a hostile environment. Where can I draw the line without appearing insubordinate? [closed]

I work in the IT department of a small company, and over the past year, my original manager left, leaving me with a new manager who is not particularly fond of me. For the most part, my new manager ...
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What does security screening involve? Will I lose my offer/ job? [duplicate]

Received a job offer for a graduate position and it was stated on the offer letter that the offer will be conditional upon a satisfactory "security screening". It also mentioned that any false ...
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How long should I wait to start interviewing for my next job? [duplicate]

Some background: I started this job at this company about three months ago. During the interview they said they would be working on new technologies. However, after I joined here, I find that there ...
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Being indecisive to report the immediate manager to HR manager before leaving the company

I have been working for a company in South East Asia for the last 8 months. The company is large with poor sense of organization (it's very chaotic, but I like it as I get to work with some ...
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Prior School Experience with Interviewee who was a Pothead

At work I heard a rumor of a new candidate applying for a few positions at the company. I learned that this new person is someone I attended University; with lets call him Tom. While we did not become ...
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Is it a problem that I am never considered for new opportunities at work? [closed]

I have worked for a private firm for the last 9 months. I find myself facing the below problems everyday: My ex-manager who resigned recently, did not convey a good image of me to the Executive Team. ...
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Should I clock in if computer started updating?

I got in early at work today, with approval from my manager, to get a head start on some tasks. I noticed my computer is acting out and decided to restart it. Instead of just restarting it installed ...
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Can I spin out code for work into an LLC that's in an unrelated sector?

I do coding work for a US Fortune 500 company in the financial service sector. On a lark, a coworker asked if I could personally write them a program to automate some audio processing for their job (...
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Asked to repay costs of training if I leave within 12 months [duplicate]

Very briefly, In the UK, I've been asked to sign a document stating I will repay the cost of a training course if I leave the company in the year following it. Am I being unreasonable to refuse to ...
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Is it ethical to share information that could get a competitive colleague fired?

I have information that could get a competitive colleague fired. If I share it, I would have to do it anonymously. This colleague has done some very shady things to me in the past. I'm feeling ...
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Questionable behavior from recruiting agent

I recently had an interview with a large firm for a software engineer role. The interview was organized through a recruitment agency. The night before the interview the recruitment agent sent me an ...
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Is it okay to ask for reimbursement for an interview even if I got an offer?

I had a job interview last week with a very big company and I got an offer from them. I have mixed opinions on asking for reimbursement at this point, because I got the offer I wanted and I don't want ...
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Should I count the hours that I wait for my code to run?

I am working on a project and I'm paid by hours. The majority of my work is computational programming and I need to run not-very-light computational jobs each day multiple times. Quite often the ...
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Taking videocall interviews at job location after my work hours. Is it ethical?

I am interviewing and most, if not all, video call interviews are set for business hours. It is not possible for me to take a whole day off for them, and it is difficult to commute home on time to ...
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Is it acceptable to create a company name for my resume as an independent consultant?

I’m a former management consultant and for the past year have been busy with numerous engagements for corporate clients on my own accord. In this, I also draw on the efforts of vendors and peers. I ...
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How to react when your colleague answers questions instead of you?

I have a situation: sometimes a people from different offices in our company send emails and include a lot of people including my colleague and ask some questions related to my project. Usually, I ...
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Can I contact a company directly about an opening I've learned about from an incompetent recruiter? [duplicate]

I've been recently contacted by an external recruiter working for a medium-sized company. The company is new but legitimate and their projects are both impressive and highly relevant to my previous ...
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Do un-contracted workers have to fill out W4?

I worked via verbal agreement, and have been paid with a check (from the business, not a personal check). I am now being asked to fill out a W4, but from my experience with this company I am very ...
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Ethics of replaying a failed financial transaction [closed]

The company I work for processes donations for non-profit clients. We recently ran through a patch of problems which caused us to lose donations due to bugs either from our system or the vendor ...
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Should I take an offer that solves my problem, but giving my coworkers more burden?

I'm a Java web developer working for more than 3 years. I developed web apps but never did operations. Meanwhile, employees are getting out one by one, and an operation work came to me; Legacy servers ...
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Recommending someone to my company during the notice period

I'm currently serving my notice period in a company I've been working at for a few years now, and there's a few more weeks to go. My company is a large corporation with offices all around the world. ...
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To leave on the job in spite of the pressure to quit [closed]

I have been on a managerial position for almost 10 years now. I never had perfect relationship with my direct boss while his superiors supported me all the time. I have 2 more years to go before ...
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Disclosing conflicts of interest after one company decides to switch strategy

I'm working on delivering a training module on conflicts of interest and professional ethics, and I got asked an interesting question: Serina is an independent contractor working for both company X ...
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Can I take a copy of documents that I've written with me upon resignation? [closed]

I've been writing Technical Documentation for a few years at my current employment. I am currently resigning from my position and am curious: is it considered acceptable for me to take a copy of what ...
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How to handle my manager asking me to do something possibly unethical? [closed]

I was asked to implement a new feature in a piece of our software for users to be able to schedule themselves for deletion (we auto-remove expired users with an automated overnight process). If a user ...
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Coworker put his name on my source code

I have written some code that implements an interface that is common between a project I am working on and a different project that a coworker is working on. It was understood and agreed upon that ...
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How to confirm a rumour without being disrespectful? [closed]

I recently received a rumour: A told B who told C who told D who told me about a very serious piece of information (and one that could lead to serious issues). I would like to ask A (by e-mail, since ...
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Recruiter and Fallout with Hiring Company

I recently ran into an interesting situation and would like some ethical feedback. Here's the situation: I was contacted by a recruiter about a position after submitting my resume to their site ...
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HR/Hiring manager made a mistake and misrepresented my compensation info, and do not want to fix it

I am in a bit complicated situation. I was hired back in 2016 May by the current employer. During the hiring process, I was told that I would have up to 28 vacation days proportionately increase based ...
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Providing work sample to prospect employer from prior employer decades ago

I am interviewing for a business development (BD) role and I was an Electronics/Software Engineer before. The prospective employer notes that most of my recent experience is not relevant (teaching) ...
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Applied for a job a couple of months ago. No reply. Should I reach the Executive Director?

I've applied a couple of months ago to a very interesting position in a blue chip company (North America). I think I'm qualified for this position (my skills match the position's skills list) but ...
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Working subcontracted by someone else

I'm a Web developer and I have the following situation. I was looking for a job 4 months ago. A friend approached me and subcontracted me for a job offer that he had, so I can do the job and we can ...
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Conflict of interest between current and former employer

I recently started working for Company A. One of Company A's suppliers (Company B) employed me for about 5 years but suddenly laid me off around the beginning of this year; my position was eliminated ...
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Does mockery in the workplace help with employee bonding [closed]

I have a few questions regarding the workplace as I am quite new. The employees in the company do not really treat each other with 'respect'. My colleagues mock each other in the workplace during ...
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Need insight- recruiter reporting to employer that employee resume is in circulation

We have a contract recruiter and her job is only to find talent when asked and she recently reported to a senior director that she came across an employee's resume. Is it ethical for her to even be ...
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Is it unethical to create documents that aren't used, solely to pass an audit?

I work in software, with very, very complex systems that are subject to quite a bit of risk management and process control. The company has a team whose sole purpose is to audit projects and ensure ...