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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 the world at large).

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My coworker and I got into the same post graduate program and we both plan on accepting. Can we be reprimanded?

My coworker and I both got into the same postgraduate program and both intend to leave the company we are at. We are close friends and are both interested in a career in a similar field. We both ...
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Can an employer require an employee to lose weight if the employees size alone, rather than any other issue becomes problematic?

I admit this not a practical situation I'm currently facing, nonetheless I've been wondering about this for quite a long time already. Salad Story is a food chain somewhat similar to Subway, except ...
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My company is probably violating LGPL, and I think I may be complicit [closed]

Background I am one of the newer members (a bit over 2 years by now) to a small company based in the US that makes specialized hardware, with software that goes along with it. The company is around 20 ...
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Am I responsible for loss of valuable supplies (>usd120k)?

I work at a molecular bio lab as a postgraduate student and I'm relatively new. My team currently focuses on antibody research and hence my post-doctorate team supervisor had ordered a lot of various ...
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Should I meet my boss when I travel to his/her country?

I have been working with my boss for a few years, and since COVID, I have been working remotely from my home country. So, I met regularly with my boss pre-COVID; now is just zoom meetings. I am ...
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Online training login still active after redundancy

My previous company had a subscription to an online training website for all employees. I was made redundant a few months ago but I recently discovered that my login still works. Should I login and ...
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Should I speak about seeing private information about a person?

information about one of my colleagues in the company’s server. Should I tell my colleague about what I saw or keep silent. I’m asking for the best ethical viewpoint.
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How to manage repetitive no-work or no progress with some of your teammates or employee? [closed]

Here are a couple of things about myself: I'm a co-founder and joined the start-up after 1 year. I have real SWE, Architecture and management experience in many other start-ups in Silicon Valley. I ...
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How to tell current internship that I've signed elsewhere after graduation?

First post here so bear with me if I forget some rules. Background: I'm a senior in college remotely interning part-time at Company A. The internship offer letter from Company A said that it's set to ...
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What should I do when a new hire is paid better than I am?

The sсribing company I work for currently pays me minimum wage at $14.69. I have been working for them since July of 2021. A few days ago, I was training another sсriber who was transitioning into the ...
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Multiple quotes from same company [closed]

I am currently in the process of getting quotes for a new access control system at my place of employment. One of the companies has the system we would like to use but my experiences with the sale rep ...
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Is it appropriate to ask HR how to address them by name?

This question may seem a bit over-anxious, but want to make sure that I'm as polite and correct as possible. I've been communicating by email with an HR about my hiring and relocation process. The HR ...
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My (large) employer hasn't registered an obvious misspelling of their primary domain URL

I have recently joined a non-IT department of a large (>10,000 employee), say called "Kirby Matthews". Their main domain is kirbymatthews.com, but I received an internal email which had a ...
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Unethical as a subordinate to sell candy for fundraiser [closed]

I work in local government and a subordinate. Is it unethical to sell candy for my kids schools fundraiser?
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Ethical concerns vs customers after many years with the same employer [closed]

TL;DR Working at Mega Corp for 15+ years, somewhere in EU. We build high-tech stuff to automate factory production. Moral concerns about what customers do with my products. But I may lack the ...
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Mentioning experience of (non-malicious) bot-building in interviews?

I built a bot to reserve sports courts at my university's athletic facilities. I did it because the reservations opened during a time when I am usually asleep, and also demand is high (pretty sure ...
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Should I Tell a Prospective Employer I’m Looking For a 2nd Job?

I’m happy with my current job and I have no plans to leave the company I’m working for. But I’m also the sole breadwinner for my family and inflation is making it increasingly difficult to live on a ...
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Ethics of keeping a gift card you won at a raffle at a conference your company sent you to?

My company sent me to a conference, recently, and in the conference there was a raffle and I won a $200 Visa prepaid credit card which I, in turn, used to buy groceries and other things for myself. ...
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Should I have just minded my own business? [closed]

I'm currently in the midst of a temporary position as an admin assistant/assistant to practice manager in a medium-sized city law firm. I have written several posts about the nepotist/toxic ...
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Certification Exam Leaked to Me

I'm in a bit of an ethical quandary. I'm attempting to study for a professional certification exam that my employer is paying for, and I asked a coworker who happens to be part of the board ...
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Refusing job offer after visa sponsorship

I recently landed a job in the UK about 5 months ago from a multinational company. They offered to sponsor my visa and arranged for the application process. However, in these months, I had some really ...
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Is it ethical to receive a reimbursement for purchasing software/electronics that help perform your job but was not ordered by your boss to purchase?

Is it ethical to receive a reimbursement for purchasing something that helps you perform your job but was not ordered by your boss to purchase if you don't work exactly 8 hours everyday as a salaried ...
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How can I accurately and truthfully present my experience in Software Engineering on my Resume?

I believe I've gotten mostly inappropriate roles for my level of expertise throughout my software career. I judge this in hindsight by most corporate or startup developer roles I've had ending before ...
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Owning the "double-dipping" scenario

I've been working two remote Java developer jobs for a few years and I'm going to seek future employment in the next year or so. I've seen objections to this scenario and approach, usually in the form ...
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Etiquette concerning food that has gone bad in fridges at work

We have a fridge for employees at every floor that gets completely emptied and cleaned once a year (between Christmas and the new year). The rest of the year, it is the employees' job to keep the ...
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Working in a research company that studies the same research problem as my startup

I am almost in the final step of joining a big research company. This company has a huge amount of data for research problem X, and their research team is always digging into it. I just want to ...
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As a new employee of a large corporation, what can I do about some disagreements with the company's code of conduct?

I got a new job. This is the first time I am working in a big corporate environment so some things are bit new for me. Right now, I am supposed to be studying the companies internal code of conduct ...
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Torn between (what I consider) professionalism and company attitude, how to proceed? [closed]

I work with software. I am not the most senior of devs, but I'm also no longer very junior either. Looking back, I see my own evolution and progress, skills-wise. I can confidently take on much larger ...
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Leadership refuses to extend the contract [closed]

I work in a company that employs people all around the world (remotely). Since it does not have bases in particular countries, their employees are essentially contractors that renegotiate the ...
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Ethics/risks on earning a double salary where both employers are okay with the situation

This is a weird situation and a throwaway stack account to protect me. I'm looking for some advice from you all to help organise my thoughts. The situation: I'm a software engineer that works/worked ...
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Company wants me back, but does not offer written counter offer

Please go through the question here. Due to the reason mentioned in the link, coupled with some other reasons like no salary hike for a year despite handling multiple roles (development, team lead and ...
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Should I tell my boss that the company is looking for his replacement?

there's one position between my level and top-level management. The position was open for a while, resulting in a mess, then we found somebody for it. Now I stumbled over a job advertisement by my ...
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When should I tell the recruiter my wife is pregnant?

I have recently received an offer for a job at a large company in Lausanne, Switzerland and my wife and I are expecting a child about a month after the proposed start date. I haven't told the ...
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Doing work beyond the scope of my role. Denied promotion recognizing actual role. Should I just shut down everything?

I have been performing duties outside the scope of the role I was hired to do. My role has evolved from a simple data analyst role to complex IT role. I work for a government department so each role ...
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What possible consequences can including the course on violations in organizations in university programs have? [closed]

University gives knowledge on a variety of professional skills. One important skill is missing in the list, it is the skill to detect wrong behavior in the organization. The topic is not easy, it is ...
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How to convey the thanks directed at myself to others who have given a helping hand to do some work

I have arranged to deliver some goods to a covid infected person in our office after everyone in the department has contributed with money. That is, the goods were from the department's collected ...
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Should I give my employer all my medical records?

I have been a software developer in a large organization for more than a decade. I have ADHD and see a psychiatrist every 3 weeks. Boss is now demanding access to all my health records or said he will ...
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Returning to an old job lost due to COVID-19 [closed]

When COVID-19 hit I had just finished my degree and was super excited to get back to work however with the lock downs and social distancing it was quite difficult to hold on to anything. However ...
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If you get sent home early (for no fault of your own) should you still get paid for the time?

What should a contractor do in the following scenario: Background: The contract is between the employee and the recruiting agency that got the employee the job. Today the work was done 1.5 hours early ...
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How to be independent at workplace while being friendly

At work places we have to stay independent to complete our services properly, right? In my new work place, there are 2 other girls, quite of my same age. So I greet them friendly and try to maintain ...
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How to discuss potentially dropping a Client I (and others) have a moral objection to

I work for a digital agency, and my team (that I lead) is set to inherit a long term client. Trouble is, a member of my team expressed a moral objection to working for this client and now that I have ...
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How to handle a low (read poorly) performing employee who was brought in by a very senior management of the company

As a Senior Software Development Manager, I am in a sticky situation with an employee who was brought into the company as a research trainee (without any interviews) but later moved into my project ...
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Company kept previous personal phone number [closed]

When my husbands left his job this month, his employer refused to return the phone number to us that he has had for 20 years. It had been our number for 15 years before the job, tied to all of our ...
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Former employee indirectly poaching engineering talent

I'm currently working as a senior'ish engineer, and am being trained to become a junior engineering manager in the next year, so the company's success and mine are intertwined very directly. About a ...
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Contract company not paying

I took up a contract with an agency (we'll say Agency), for their client company ("Client"). i don't know the business/legal terminology to describe these -- but in the end, i'm working on ...
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Can I spend 100% of my paid time with pet projects if there is nothing to do? [closed]

I am working as a single software developer for a company with ~100 employees. I finished all projects and redid all kinds of documentation and improvements to a degree where I can't meaningfully ...
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Ethics of hiring interns for my team when I am looking for a new job?

I manage a small team of juniors in a midsize company. We are recruiting interns for 6 month internships for their graduation projects with the promise to hire them later. Which is a standard practice ...
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What steps should I take to use GitHub copilot in my work? [closed]

A few weeks ago I got access to GitHub copilot, probably many of you have seen hundreds of news about GitHub copilot, if you do not know, in essence it is a kind of AI that helps you create code, I ...
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Unqualified, but I am the entire department. Morally and practically, what should I do? [closed]

I started working at my current company earlier this year, and I'm concerned that I am wildly unqualified for the role. In the part of the world where I live and work, the standard practice is to ...
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How to Handle Bigotry in Annual Report to Shareholders?

I recently discovered a series of bigoted jokes while browsing previous years' annual reports to shareholders. A report from several years ago contained multiple paragraphs making fun of Muslims and ...
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