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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 the world at large).

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Is it ethical to back out of final interview round?

There was a recruitment process of three rounds for research executive role in a leading market research company. There were 14 post graduate students shortlisted for the first round from the college. ...
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Can I ask my company to reimburse flight ticket? [closed]

My previous employer had not cancelled my work visa in the UAE which resulted in me joining a new company. My new company is covering my flight expenses but they can’t give me a ticket without a visa. ...
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Is it unethical to have a videogame open on a personal device and interact with it occasionally as part of taking breaks while working from home?

I am an avid World of Warcraft player since 2008, and the thing I like doing most in the game is collecting cosmetic rewards, mainly focused on something called "mounts", which are basically ...
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Using generative AI at work

I am using generative AI quite a bit at work to form letters to customers and to write reports. Each time I check the work created and happily put my name to the piece. I will take responsibility if I ...
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Should I call the company about my application if something urgent has come up?

I have to vacate my current apartment before this coming June 24. I had been set on moving to another place until I received in the first week of this month an email inviting me to a job interview at ...
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Frameworks to advance diversity, equity and inclusion

I am a manager at a mid-size software company where I am responsible for several engineering teams (30 ppl approx). I'd like to attract and retain more diverse talent but don't know how to advance ...
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How do I send a message to team about integrity in taking sick leave

We all get monthly 1 sick leave. There is no medical certificate required if you are taking 1 day off. One of the concern I have is with my team (reporting to me), that some people might be abusing ...
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I can't figure out how to (whether to) report an unethical culture

EDIT: this is different from the other questions on ethics because I’ve already reported it and nothing was done. I’m now faced with the decision of how to elevate it, if it all. I'm a new employee in ...
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Is it worth it to report hostile work environment to the HR or it would be futile exercise and can backfire?

Okay, so I have been working for Company P (Parent company) where I am assigned to Company C (Client company). I have been with the parent company for 3 years and have recently been assigned to client ...
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What should I tell my company the reason for leaving? When I am just accepting a direct offer from company's client

I currently work for a company who promised me that they pay me 80% of what my clients pay them but then i got to know that they only pay me 20% and keeps the 80%. Now my client wants me to be their ...
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4 answers
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Seeking insight on work environment [closed]

I recently joined a healthcare institution of about 5000 employees as an Information Security Officer (my boss being CIO) and have encountered several situations that have led me to question the ...
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How to avoid accidentally sharing proprietary information when working for a competitor of a former employer?

I worked for Company A on Product X, with intimate knowledge of its implementation as well as in-development features. My contract with A included a confidentiality agreement (with a survivorship ...
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Looking for work and including code made by AI in public portfolio

I was recently laid off and have been applying to jobs. I have been adding more code to public repos on sites like GitHub. I started using AI such as ChatGPT to help write some code. While I wouldn't ...
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How to clear the air with our manager/executive regarding an uncooperative co-worker?

I'm part of a small team (4-6 members) with a flat hierarchy in a niche industry. The "boss" (the executive and also our manager) sits in another room as he's managing other teams as well, ...
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Dating in the workplace

A co-manager would like to date a subordinate's sister, what are the ethics on a Manager dating a subordinate's family member?
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Is it ethical for me to ask my manager to change my work location?

I am working for a company which is based out of a different city, I have moved to the city and it has been 2 months and more since I have moved here. I am not able to adjust to this new place and ...
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Completing hours requirement when providing specific service

I want to ask a question and want to know what's my legal and ethical responsibility. Suppose in the contract (remote job), I clearly specified that I would be providing specific services related to ...
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Should I go to an interview I don't intend to accept the job (if offered)?

In a conversation with a friend, he slipped that he intended to go to an interview for a senior position in software development. I was surprised, since I was under the impression he liked his current ...
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Struggling with Team Dynamics: Dealing with a Critical and Ambitious Junior Developer

I'm currently facing a challenging situation within my development squad, and I'm seeking advice on how to navigate it effectively. Eight months ago, our team leader and I hired a junior developer for ...
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Employer Requiring Race & Ethnicity of Employees

My employer here in the US told me that I have to provide an answer to my race & ethnicity today 1-15-2024, if I chose to not disclose then my boss has to do a visual and make the decision. How ...
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What are the ethical, legal, or career risks of reselling swag I won in a raffle? [closed]

I recently won a swag from workplace raffle,but my family and friends are really into camping so everyone I know owns a swag so I’m selling it online for cheap. But my workmate says it could get me ...
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Dealing with coworker's junk science?

The entity im currently at operates on the pipeline of grants=> mental health research=>publishing papers. Been with this org 1 year. Recent changes led me to have to colaborate more w/ this one ...
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Is having 0 motivation and 10% work performance and not resigning OK? [closed]

I entered a company last month and I have 5 years of previous experience in that area. But there is a 4 year gap before entering this company. They give me 2 projects and said, work on these. They ...
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Practical Steps to Increase Personal Integrity?

Hoping this isn't too vague. Background: Working in a larger office, I worry how people perceive me. Perception is everything. With so many people, rumors and misinformation spread like wildfire. I ...
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Is it ethical for boss to call your internet provider without permission?

I have already quit because I was disgusted with my boss' actions, but I want to know if it was ethical? I work from home and I had an internet outage that lasted 2 days. I spoke with my boss and they ...
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Coworker touched me inappropriately - How can I get her fired for this? [closed]

My coworker, who is a female, walked up to me in passing, and touched my right breast with her pen, and I shoved her. On her way back, she did the same, and touched my right breast with her pen, and I ...
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Is it ethical to apply directly for a job after a recruiter declines to submit you for the role?

Recruiter A contacted me about a job on LinkedIn. I said I was interested, and we set up a day for Recruiter A to call me to talk about the job. Recruiter A never called, never replied to LinkedIn ...
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6 answers
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Ethical question about preauthorizing hotel charges

I work the front desk at a hotel, and my boss has presented me with an ethical dilemma, for which I'm seeking outside input. From my perspective, he's putting some of our guests in a financial bind, ...
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3 answers
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Is getting free discovery calls from coaches without having an intention to purchase OK?

I like getting coaching sessions. I find a place some coaches are offering 1 hour free coaching. Till now, I got plenty of free coaching from different coaches. I know these coaching calls are kind of ...
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1 answer
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My boss is trying to throw me under the bus, for his own mistake [closed]

There was this big project from a huge client that my company got. We are a team of 12 people. That includes 3 developers, 1 team lead and my manager We got assigned work based on Sprints. There is ...
2 votes
6 answers
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Is it bad faith to quit after getting rejected for a leave of absence?

I asked my company for a leave of absence for a few months (> 4 months) to get some mental health issues (anxiety, ADHD) under control and they rejected my request citing that it makes it harder ...
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Manager has enough members for the project , but is relying completely on me and not assigning any work to the other person

We have a team of 7 people including two developers (including me), two business associates, two statistical analysits and the manager cum Solutions Architect (manager is also responsible for handling ...
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1 answer
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Is it important to go out and drink/party/ have dinner / visit powerful colleagues? [closed]

I was in Amazon Seattle US and moved from department of same firm. I was told by tenured employees that in order to switch teams internally, one should keep the plan a secret Later I came to know ...
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1 answer
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How to get commissions owed if contract was breached by owner [closed]

My firm was contracted to open a used car dealership. Took me 5 months to open the dealership due to previous owner being non-compliant within the City. Owner was impressed, as others had tried to ...
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8 answers
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Won a large gift card but with spoken rules

I work for a retail company and recently won a gift card for a significant amount (between 1k and 10k) during an event with multiple other winners. After winning they said they want me to spend it in ...
16 votes
8 answers
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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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2 answers
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I've been introduced by a freelancer that has been excluded for serious reasons

Introduction We can call the freelancer that has been excluded Jane. Jane was also a teacher, more specifically, my information technology teacher. As the time goes, she had seen some special ...
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DO we all quit at the same time and ruin our corporation? [closed]

My colleagues and I are very dissatisfied with our pay as software developers, we at first talked about quiet quitting, we quiet quit, but as of later they have been trying to force us to do overtime, ...
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1 answer
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Can the impressions created through what you say, be used to safeguard yourself from manipulation at workplace?

I am writing this to get help on identifying some behaviours of people at workplace and develop my skills. I am a bit introverted and recently I came across a work place with a lot of toxic co-workers ...
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Do I have an ethical obligation to admit I’ve been falling asleep on the job?

TL;DR Do I have an ethical obligation to report myself to my manager for falling asleep on the job (in a remote work situation?) It is not intentional but it is unfortunately happening; the drowsiness ...
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1 answer
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How to prevent and safeguard yourself from getting negatively affected by the behaviour of someone at the office

I was recruited to a workplace to do things in subject A. At the interview also they discussed in that way. But now all of a sudden, my Manager asked me whether I can do things in subject B. I'm not ...
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Is it unethical to show a letter to someone the sender does not know?

I recently recieved a letter about a personnel problem, I want to show this to a friend who might be able to advise me on response, is this unethical? The sender does not know about me doing this, and ...
22 votes
7 answers
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Did I overstep my bounds by creating a tool "behind my manager's back", during non-work hours?

Context I am a software developer in the United States. I work on a very, very small team, and we are in charge of developing and supporting a custom mobile app for one of our company's biggest ...
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Should I contact our boss if my coworker stole a computer from me?

I am a nurse and this other nurse asked to buy my computer and stated she would pay me on Zelle. She has never paid me and now is ghosting me. Should I involve our boss as we work for the same ...
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Boss revoked promised pay rise because I decided to leave in about two months - Is this something to be expected?

I have been working at a software development company with ~10 colleagues for approximately 1 year now, and in the last couple of months I have decided that, for reasons relevant to my (lack of) ...
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1 answer
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I plan on taking legal action against the CEO, what should I do at the workplace in the meantime? [closed]

I believe the CEO at my company has acted in a highly unethical and possibly illegal manner. I directly confronted the CEO about it and he continued to lie and deflect. I am contacting a lawyer about ...
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PTO leave or off duty

Is it ok for a supervisor to announce online that a person will be off duty or on PTO to other employees? I feel like it’s no one’s business besides me and said supervisor
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I didn't return company assets, now what?

TLDR My contract was abruptly ended, I didn't return their laptops. The long version: I was working as an IT consultant for one of the largest consulting firms in North America when Covid-19 hit. The ...
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What to do when I'm being asked by my boss to do something morally wrong

There is a company bonus program which only certain individuals above a certain level are eligible for. This year, because of good performance, the company would have to pay out a huge bonus. The ...
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Do I need to apologise when I was expected to do something that wasn’t instructed to me?

My job requires me to do physical assessments which will be used by practitioners to conduct a review during consultations. The normal practice would be that assessments done on the first day, a ...

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