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Questions tagged [ethics]

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 there a graceful way of turning down overtime, being in notice period?

Is there a graceful way of turning down overtime and weekend work when an employee is in notice period ? Moreover when some of the reasons of leaving are the overtime and weekend work. The goal is to ...
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Inform an applicant that the for-profit school they went to failed them?

I was recent discussion I had reminded me of an event in the past. I have always wondered if I should have said something to the students. I was looking to hire an entry level IT tech and turned to ...
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Is it ok or ethical or even a right to use a VPN at work when using personal computer? What about the work computer? [closed]

The broader question: Is personal privacy a right, anywhere you are? I have been looking online and could not find a clear answer to this. Is it ok to use a VPN at work? Is it an employee's right to ...
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Shares in two competitive companies [closed]

I own (not as an employee) a 22% of a company in Europe. May I open (100% shares) a competitor company in the USA?
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Will listing my major GPA instead of my cumulative GPA on my resume cause problems?

So I just started working in an admin position in a financial office and I think I may have slipped up. I listed my major gpa on my resume as just (GPA:#.#) as I had been under the impression that ...
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What to do about a colleague who asked me to help him start a business competing with our employer? [closed]

A colleague (who currently works at the company) told me that he is creating a new business that would be a direct competition of our current company. He also asked me to help him with a job for his ...
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Recommendation letter for lecturer from student

My lecturer, who was also my undergraduate thesis supervisor, has requested me to write a LinkedIn recommendation for him. I am in a dilemma of accepting or rejecting this request since I don't think ...
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How do I convince my employer to match the salary of my new job offer?

I have a new job offer that offers 60% more salary than my current job and the same benefits. I am located in Pakistan and I was headhunted for this offer. But I do not wish to leave my current job—it ...
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How should I deal my worker who is stealing my beauty products? [duplicate]

I own a beauty salon and I have three workers who has been working for me for the last six years.However, one of them recently started stealing my beauty products from my salon. Maybe she thought ...
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I quit my job and now I want it back

I quit my job in March 2018, because my boss made me angry by accusing me of stealing some important documents. In anger, I quit my job. I tried my best to get another job, but I fail to do so. Now I ...
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Childcare and remote working

I work at a small company and am part of the internal development team (10 of us). Our team structure is as follows: 1 manager 2 testers (1 remote, 1 office based) 6 developers 1 product owner A ...
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Should I Inform the interviewer that I have already joined somewhere, but still considering them before the final onsite round?

I have joined a new company while the interview process was going on for the other company. The other company is located in a foreign country, so the interview process took some time. They have ...
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How should I deal with an employee who is stealing from the cash counter?

I own a pharmacy, and I have an employee who has been working for me for the past 5 years. However, he has recently started stealing money from the cash counter. Maybe he thinks that I will not ...
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Is it ethical to use knowledge in main job for side gig?

Suppose I have a main job (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) that involves lots of computer programming, and one day I build a recommender system for my company (think of Amazon.com making recommendations)...
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One-off exorbitant long commute time makeup - Do I owe it 100% to my employer to sacrifice my personal time? [closed]

Living in a region that experience winter, there are sometimes (infrequently) massive delays in the morning due to snowstorms (or even just a random crash). In particular, my commute time was tripled ...
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What to do? Just realized my employer is a fraud [closed]

I've been on the job going on 7 months and my employer has yet to give me hiring papers or sign IRS forms. He's said that he hired me as an Independent Contractor but no 1099 and he pays me thru ...
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Employer is Deleting incriminating emails

My work superior has deleted emails that contain evidence about her wrongdoings from my work email account. Also, emails that support my good work have been deleted. Is there anything I can do about ...
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Fraudulent ex colleague hired at current employer [duplicate]

I've recently learned of a former colleague being hired at my current employer. From multiple sources news came to me regarding his termination. This was due to fraud and he was subsequently fired on ...
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Coworker getting demoralized and quitting, should I speak out?

I am friends with a coworker who has confided in me that she and several other members of her team are being completely demoralized by another team member. I will call my friend Alice and the other ...
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I like my job, but dislike the type of clients and work we choose. How do I change this?

I took a job at the beginning of this year at a digital agency. As the title says, I generally enjoy everything about the job, except for the type of clients we work with... The longer-standing ...
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Is it unethical / unprofessional to make a stand of some sort in the workplace regarding animal rights?

I was just wondering if it would be unprofessional for me to stand up for animal rights in my work place in the situation explained below. I am a Senior Web Developer in a team of 5 people building ...
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Why do the huge tech companies not have bedrooms? [closed]

Companies like Google, Facebook etc. are famous for offering all kind of services like gyms, cinemas, hair dresser, music concerts and so on, so that employees don't have to leave the campus. But I'...
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How do I get along with different cultures in work environment [closed]

How do I get along (quickly even the minimum) with different cultures in work environment, while communication is a big constraint and colleges are open to differences. The problem is that I find the ...
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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 [closed]

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 [closed]

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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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 ...