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Questions specifically related to a job market and other aspects of employment and career in the companies located in and following the laws of the United States of America.

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Telecommute - How to complain about selective telecommute privileges

I work in a company in USA where some teams or individuals are fully remote. Our company is trying to get people to work in an office whenever possible, even in situations where it would not make ...
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My manager wants me to leave earlier than my two-weeks…?

My mind was made up and accepted a job offer. I called my manager to give him my two-week notice and he obviously wasn't thrilled of the prospect of another person leaving. (We've had very high ...
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How do I respectfully address new company initiative I disagree with?

I have been working at my company for about two years now. We are very diverse in all departments and have been very welcoming to all - several of my coworkers who are female / minority / etc. have ...
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Are workplace reorganizations that result in a change in job duties without employee consent a violation of the original job contract?

There was a reorg at my company and my job duties changed. Pre-reorg I was doing data analysis (I'm a statistician), post-reorg I was assigned non-data analysis duties (more like a business analyst). ...
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Being lied to and used [on hold]

So I started at my job two and a half years ago. Before I started working at a company in Tualatin Oregon, I was told the company had suffered through a hardship, and was in a salary freeze and would ...
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How to deal with recruiters who won't set specific times and who want to just call whenever they want

I am currently interviewing and usually the first contact with a company is with an internal recruiter. I have found most recruiters don't want to set up a time for a phone screen. They give only ...
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If I am followed on GitHub and Twitter by mostly liberals, will I be taken by future employers as a liberal myself? [closed]

Background I live and work in a midwestern suburb in the US (a moderate but liberal area). I am a developer but I don't work in anything politics related. Context In my spare time, I like to use ...
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Is it ok to lie to my employer about why I can't stay late?

I'm starting my master's degree in January and will be taking a class on Thursday evenings from 6-9. That means I will need to leave work at about 5:30 to get to class by 6. The master's program is ...
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Is it reasonable to ask for a day off if I have to work an extra day on the weekend?

I have several projects coming up that require working either Saturday or Sunday. My normal schedule is first shift Monday through Friday, but due to restrictions from a client, they need work done on ...
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Is expressing anger prohibited in the American workplace?

Recently some co-workers were called in for a stern chat with the boss because they had expressed anger during a meeting, when the boss was out. The anger seemed reasonable. Specifically, two co-...
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How to deal with co-worker who is unwilling to communicate during meetings?

I have a co-worker who communicates very little during meetings. She is very talkative and outgoing in other situations outside the scheduled meetings. My supervisors keeps asking the two of us to ...
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Is it normal to need relative quiet to concentrate?

I never thought this was a problem until recently. I work in an office that is very distracting, with loud conversations, shouting, laughter, etc. for at least 6 hours/day. I complete about 2 hours of ...
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Negotiating a mutual parting after 6 months

I started a new position 6 months ago with a manager who is very reasonable and easy to work with. Unfortunately, that's about all that has worked out. I think my boss and I are on the same page that ...
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HR trying to sabotage my wife's work because we're married [closed]

TLDR; My wife got a 1 month trial as a product manager and tester for a new product I'm directly designing and developing. HR hates the fact that we're married and is trying to seat her separate from ...
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An employer is trying to force me to switch banks, which I know is illegal. What should I do? [closed]

An employer has extended a job offer with the condition that I switch my personal banking from one institution to another. They claim that they do this to simplify their internal payroll procedures. I ...
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How do I respond to interviewers about my lack of education and desire to go back to school?

I've seen similar questions, and would like to first note that although those questions provide some useful information, they don't provide further information on how to handle the inevitable ...
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My salaried employee requests an unpaid day off [closed]

My salaried employee requests an unpaid day off. I am happy to grant it, and to reduce the weekly salary by the one day. Is that appropriate?
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Promotions usually come with raises, right? [closed]

I would like to get some perspective from those who have more experience than I do in the workplace. First, I'll give some background on the company I work for: The company, Company B, is a ...
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Discovered that my new job has cameras in the restrooms

Location is Washington state, USA. I've been at this company for less than a week and I hardly know everyone yet. I had to go to IT today to get some stuff set up and the sysadmin had all the ...
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I was offered software developer position in a multi-billion dollar company based on 30 min phone call, is there something wrong?

I had an interview last week in one of the big (multi-billion dollar corporation) finance companies and I have been offered a software developer position immediately this week. I had only one call of ...
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How to ask employee with obscene sounding name to adopt “professional alias” [duplicate]

Is it possible for an individual, in the US, to get a "second name" or professional alias? In short, we have a sales engineer who immigrated to the US (on a 5 year visa while we work with him to help ...
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Employer masquerading as recruiter to decide which employees to lay off

I work in the Canada office (Ontario) of a large US tech firm. The firm has had a few lackluster quarters, and appears to be preparing for a few rounds of layoffs. My company, AwefulCorp Inc. (made ...
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How to negotiate a switch from full-time permanent to contract work

My company does not allow full-time, permanent employees to work from home. I want to work from home for the reason that my office environment is very loud and distracting. They have policies of ...
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Dealing with recruiters who clearly didn't look at my resume

So today I opened my email and found another email from a recruiter who clearly did not look at my resume or any details about me. Here is the email (with PII removed): Hi, My name is [...
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Colleague used admin access to view my private employee order

A colleague of mine in a different department is a developer for an internal, employee-only discounted retail site within our company. Today, I made a rather large purchase on that site before heading ...
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Is it likely that my lack of post-secondary education is holding my resume back?

Just to summarize the important aspects of my resume, I have a career summary and list a few technologies I work with. After that, I list my last three relevant jobs: My current position: Small ...
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Office space bait and switch

I've worked at my current job for about 4 months. My previous stints are 10 years and 6 years. After my interview, I asked to walk through the office and see what it is like. Unfortunately, my now-...
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Blocked for Internal Promotions. How do I get around the excuses?

I feel like my company is dragging their feet because of reasons. It's always something new. This is both within my department and to other departments. My bosses have acknowledged that they know I ...
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How to request internal team to quicken contract approval

I am a recently promoted team lead in the IT Security team at my workplace. We are planning to expand headcount on the team in Q1 of next year and are currently waiting budget approval from senior ...
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I feel I’m not growing as a professional in my current job [closed]

Since a month and a half, I started getting bored at my job (I'm a mid level SQL Developer): there's not tasks related to my job, and I don't see any projects coming (at least, my manager haven't told ...
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Why do IT companies sometimes use contracting firms? [closed]

So I have been in the job market from the past month & I have learned a major process flaw and big-time corruption in recruitment layers. I do receive mail/calls from many fake companies ...
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Do people in US really work 9-5? [closed]

I live in western europe and the usual office time is 9:00 - 18:00, with 1h break. I've heard so many times that in the US people work 9-5 but the math doesn't adds up: do people in US work less than ...
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Being told that I can't have a raise because of contract restrictions

I work at a large international company, but technically sent here as a contract worker for a 3rd party. Initially, this job was basic phone tech support. There is also a "second level" that they can ...
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Is it okay to complain to management after receiving role elimination notice

A friend of mine was bullied for 6+ months by her manager to promote a subordinate with whom he had an affair. This subordinate is an average performer with nothing much to show to be promoted from a ...
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Inter-office non-billable travel time

Assume a consulting firm (employer) has salaried, exempt consultants (employees), and has a policy that clients are not billed for travel time if they are within a 50 mile radius of the home office. ...
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Can you be promoted and then fired for-cause? (Performance) [closed]

Inspired by this answer and a comment ...So he becomes a manager, is really bad at it, gets fired... In the original question, an employee was denied a promotion and turned sour. The company is (...
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How to advance career into an advanced management position when no opportunities exist?

I'm a software engineer but want to advance my career into management, ideally in something like a senior architect role. However, I have no idea how to do this, because the company I work for is ...
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Stop engineer from planning “bully projects”

I work for a enginering company where a few senior engineers got into a large fight that caused a lot of concern. The more senior engineer "stone walled" the not as senior engineer apparently, and the ...
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How to discipline overeager engineer

I have a software engineer on my staff that has been very useful. He basically trains himself on new technologies on a weekly basis, and can memorize and apply the latest O'Reilly textbook over a ...
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Being asked to give notice of resigning when I am only transferring to another department

Is it common or Legal for a Company to ask an employee to put in their two weeks in to resign just to apply for a job in a different department within the same company, in the same building?
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I was asked to pay money at my workplace

I’m working at a restaurant as a server in NYC and I needed to take one day off from work. I told that to my manager and I looked for a replacement. But no one was free. I told another server who work ...
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How can people be laid off and hired at the same time on the same contract?

I am a new hire at company X. Apparently, they have hired me and a few others to do automation testing on Contract Y2 on separate projects. How can it be that people with more seniority are being ...
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Should I disclose a disability that requires me to use a medical Bluetooth device during the application process?

I'm in the process of applying to jobs where security is a significant concern and foreign Bluetooth devices are often not permitted on site. However, I use such a device daily to manage a disability. ...
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How can I influence a manager to not schedule team meetings during lunch?

Once a week we have team meetings that are scheduled during lunch which the company buys (irrelevant to me since I bring my own lunch anyway). I have no problem with the timing, but I find it insanely ...
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Did my colleague use a racial slur, or is this use of the word acceptable?

I heard a conversation near me at work where a manager told her colleague that one of the female colleagues have chinky eyes. The manager, the colleague and the female colleague are all not Asian. I ...
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I’m a decent coder but not a native English speaker, can I get a job without having job experience nor being fluent?

Is it possible for me to get a job in web development while I’m a decent coder (by decent go read notes on Update) even though my English is not perfect (Is not my native language), and there so much ...
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Ex employer requesting repayment of incorrect medical deduction

I was laid off 6 weeks ago. Now my ex employer is asking me to pay for a payroll error, stating that not enough was taken out for medical benefits during my entire employment (18 months). I am not ...
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Contract employer keeps asking for small tasks to be done without pay

I currently work as a mentor for an online boot camp as an independent contractor. When I was hired, I was only informed after I started meeting with students that I am only paid for the first 30 ...
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Is it likely I'm being underpaid if a Notice of Filing for my role and title shows a higher salary?

In our company lunchroom, there is a posted "Notice of Filing of Labor Application", which states that the company intends to hire a foreign employee with an H1B visa. The role, title, and annual ...
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Might have gotten a coworker sick, should I address this?

This is in the US. Last Wednesday, I woke up feeling under the weather, but it appeared to just be allergies. Regardless, I still took precautions to avoid spreading anything (washing hands, excusing ...