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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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Asked to repay costs of training if I leave within 12 months

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 ...
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Is it acceptable to bring up unethical practices and nepotism at your current employer during the interview? [duplicate]

Background I'm in the process of getting a new job. I've had a several phone interviews, and I have several in-person interviews lined up. I work in IT. I've been asked why I want to leave my current ...
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Is it ethical to ask for a raise while looking for work [closed]

I haven't been offered a raise in my company for more than two years. In part this is because I had taken a job-protected leave, though I did some part time work for my current employer while I was ...
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Contractor faced with scope screep - Should I fulfill none, some or all client requests?

I am a contractor in a software development project that is a bit of a nightmare and suffering from Scope Creep. Background: I took on a project to develop a web application for a client. I was to ...
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Should I say I have a Bachelor Degree when actually my degree is another one?

In my country, there are two kinds of undergraduate degrees (Bachelors and Technologic). My degree is currently the latter one, but it is basically the same curriculum of a Bachelor in Computer ...
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Company made me use my own camera for work - can I ask for compensation? [closed]

I was hired as a marketing/social media/digital content manager for a company. They are a relatively new company, and when they hired me, I was the first person to be hired for the position. There was ...
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Ethical dilemma about working from home and lying about where I am

My company is based in the UK but one of their offices is in an eastern european country, which also happens to be my home country. I unofficially asked if it was possible for me to be transferred ...
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How to tip an Uber driver when the company is covering expenses [closed]

If an employee is sent somewhere by the boss/company via Uber and they are covering expenses, how should the employee tip the driver? Should the employee act as if he is taking his own ride, and tip ...
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Taking on multiple clients in the same niche/product - conflict of interest?

I know how to build certain API/Product. Basically my style of developing such product is almost same all the time. One company reached me seeing my open source contribution, I joined, and we ended ...
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Ethically questionable to be gone for whole notice period [duplicate]

I will resign at my current job next week (16.05. would be the earliest possible date). I have one month of notice period, which means my last day is the 30th of June. Now I have already holidays for ...
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Friend fired over inappropriate comment but they won’t tell him [closed]

I have a friend at work who was at a sales meeting overseas . We were all drinking and I think he said some lewd comments . He was fired after 15 years with the company with no warning. And they did ...
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Responsibility when processing results of ethically questionable survey

I am a software engineer in an USA local government setting. Recently they sent out a survey asking about how people where feeling about an upcoming reorganization/job reclassification. Now, an ...
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Need to leave job for PhD, boss goes on paternal leave soon. What are my ethical/professional obligations?

I'm part of a two person team that's in charge of the data science efforts of our company. My boss and I get along fantastically, and the only reason for my leaving is to take some time off in order ...
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Doing a student's homework as freelancer - is it acceptable to put on a portfolio?

I have done some freelance jobs for students that are essentially asking me to do homework projects for them. Usually I will try to present them with a finished product that does not directly do ...
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What to do upon discovering fraud being committed by a CEO of a company I am invested in? [closed]

I have some stock in a company I used to work for so am subscribed to the investor's update letters. In the most recent investor's update the CEO announced some very impressive statistics for the ...
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Ask a recruiter for feedback [closed]

I've been interviewed and accepted for a job. However, the paperwork can take from 2 to 3 months (legal stuff). When I asked my recruiter on when to submit my resignation (note that my notice period ...
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My boss wants to collect money from my colleagues for me

Every few years, our small team goes on a excursion and usually everyone attends. This year I declined the invitation simply because I didn't feel like going, I found some new hobbies for myself and I ...
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Ethics of renting out an assigned workplace parking spot [closed]

I work in a downtown environment, and everyone in our company is assigned a parking spot in the lot. There are numerous lots that charge anywhere from $5 to $10 a day to park within blocks of my ...
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Is it ethical to ask about the state of my previous employer's income tax statement?

Over the Christmas period of last year I did some seasonal temporary work at my previous employer (who I had left a few months prior due to education commitments), but due to multiple failures (mine, ...
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Laptop turned in to IT support has a document with staff member's name. Is it ethical for the staff member to read it?

I'm one of the two team members who work in IT support at my company. I recently had a laptop turned in for hard drive replacement. While copying the files to the new drive, I noticed a document named ...
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Starting one job or waiting with a conditional offer at another [duplicate]

I’ve been applying for several jobs recently. Two weeks ago I interviewed for my most desired position at a federal agency, call it company A. The interview went well and they said they would get back ...
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Should I tell my current employer about a new job offer before I accept it [duplicate]

I am a software developer at a large corporation in the UK which I have worked for for 3 and a half years. For the last year I have been working on a fairly large and important project which is just ...
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Can I tell my boss I'm leaving after he travelled to meet me?

I'm currently working in Spain for a global company and I want to leave. Another company wants to give me the job I applied for and I will receive the offer in the coming days. My future boss told me ...