Questions tagged [united-states]

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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Potential employer flew me out for interview, cancels return flight

A company I was interested in just flew me out for an interview. It was on the other side of the country so they paid for my flight and hotel. Unfortunately, the interview went disastrously. I blew ...
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My boss' new hire, a friend of his, is making advances on me

I am a woman who has been working on a team of men for a number of years now. Up until recently I have been treated very well and with respect. I love my job and get on well with my boss and ...
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How to convince HR to let my star employee work from home?

We recently got a new CEO and he took away everyone's ability to work remotely, including that of my most productive team member. As you can guess, everyone's productivity has dropped considerably, ...
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Is it acceptable to ask a waiter to pay if a customer leaves without paying?

I’ve recently started working for a restaurant (which will be anonymous for now) in Virginia (U.S.A.) as a waiter. I’ve learned to enjoy it, but recently a customer left without paying. I looked ...
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Employer asking us to move items that are approximately 1000 lbs (450 kg) each. How can I address this issue properly so that no one gets hurt?

Our employer is asking us to move items that are approximately 1000 lbs (450 kg) each from one building to another. We will need to move 5 of these machines out of a building and somehow load them ...
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Required to work unpaid overtime to “make up” for a shorter commute after moving closer to the office

So a friend of mine this weekend lamented one of the changes in his employment that happened recently. It got me thinking whether or not you can consider that acceptable. He works and lives in the US ...
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How to thank an employee for working extra hours without making him feel pressured

I am a manager of a software developer who has been working late nights to complete a project in time for a deadline. He is a salaried employee so he does not get paid overtime. I am very thankful ...
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I just found out that my recent promotion comes with an unexpected 24/7/365 on-call status

I work in IT and was recently promoted to a higher position. While I was okay with the responsibilities outlined when I accepted the promotion last week, today I learned that it comes with 24/7/365 on-...
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Coworker throwing cigarettes out of a car, I criticized it and now HR is involved

"On my way to work yesterday, one of my coworkers was driving in front of me on the interstate. This coworker is a smoker. When they finished their cigarette, they flicked it out of the window. I ...
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How, in practice, can I hire more diversely?

Let's say that I've attended all the talks, I've read all the research, and I've concluded that what's best for my team and my company is to increase the amount of diversity in my software engineering ...
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Am I responsible for finding my own replacement?

Background: I work at a small company where I am the currently the sole developer. I am planning to leave on a certain date in the near future, and do not wish to reveal this information to my ...
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Customers take issue with employee's social media posts

I have customers that have an issue with an employee that makes political posts on social media. He is involved in a popular political activist group that many view as controversial and extreme. They ...
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How and when should I disclose that I'm deaf?

I was born profoundly deaf. I am struggling to be hired as a software programmer (Bachelor Science in Computer Science graduated in 2012). I have been employed from time to time but finding long-term ...
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Pre-employment background check with consent for future checks

I recently interviewed for a position with the hiring manager and her next-level manager. I was offered the job on the spot, which I accepted. A couple of days later I received an e-mail from a 3rd ...
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What to do with a good employee who comes late and leaves early?

I've got an employee who does a pretty good job with her work. She does stay on top of tasks but she has a serious issue with start / end times. I am pretty flexible as long as work gets done so I ...
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“Offensive” bumper sticker on car

I have a bumper sticker on my vehicle that says The sticker is about 3" × 5" (7.6 cm × 12.7 cm) in white block lettering. My employer has told me to remove the sticker or face disciplinary action. ...
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What can I do about fire and health hazards at my former workplace?

For a few weeks, I was working at a scenery shop in Florida. The shop is a toxic mess. They openly burn Styrofoam with little to no ventilation. The lumber is stacked upright inviting a dangerous ...
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I have reason to believe that my very competent coworker is being severely underpaid - any tactful way to tell a boss?

I am located in United States. I have a coworker who is senior to me (in that, if my title is "Blah", his title is literally "Senior Blah"). This morning he made a comment about job postings for a ...
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Somebody damaged my car in a parking lot and it might be my boss. What do I do? [closed]

Last week, somebody hit my parked car while I was at work and drove away without leaving a note. This did not happen on company property. (I work downtown, so parking is a public lot.) My insurance ...
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How can a workplace rally after everyone's salary got leaked?

A friend of mine told me an incredible story. 40 people work at his company and, the other day, someone leaked a spreadsheet that listed everyone's salary. A few hours later, the IT department figured ...
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Single parent takes many sick days

We are a small (~20 employees) company in the US. We are a manufacturing environment and most jobs have to be completed on the shift they are scheduled - the work isn't something that can be made up ...
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Coworker curses under his breath as he works - should I ignore?

I work in an office where there are 4 of us in the corners of a cube. One of the guys who sits in an adjacent corner acts a little strange. A few times a day (or more), he curses under his breath as ...
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Do I owe them a two week notice?

Coming out of college (graduated in the winter), I had relocated six months ago to take a position as a software developer doing iOS app development; it's an area I was excited about and had ...
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Last employer continues to pay me

This is a very frustrating situation as the last employer continues to pay me despite my multiple calls to their helpline to rectify the situation. I've called the HR and Payroll department multiple ...
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What should you do when eye contact makes your subordinate uncomfortable?

I am a newly promoted engineering supervisor, with a team of four engineers reporting to me. I have worked with them for several years before being promoted and we have a great, friendly dynamic. That ...
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Should I decline a gift from my boss (the new owner of the company)?

I work for a small office, the ownership of which just changed hands earlier this year. I requested a day off so that I could take my son to an amusement park. The new owner not only approved my ...
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Will not wearing makeup affect my career?

I work at a small tech company in the accounting department. Our dress code is business casual, but most of the rank-and-file dress toward the casual end of that. I am female, in my early twenties. ...
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Pregnant teacher forced to work outside in high heat

My wife is an elementary school teacher and is 30 weeks pregnant. Today, her school district has a yearly 'field day' in which students do outside activities. Today, the temperature is supposed to be ...
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How can I approach my boss after I feel blackmailed with him threatening my wife's employment?

I work for a small (15 person) niche IT consulting company. I have become regularly requested by our clients and I am a top performer at my company, which in turn has brought in healthy profits for ...
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Boss has banned cycling to work because he thinks it's unsafe

I cycle to work every day, it's my only method of transportation. Public transit doesn't serve the commute path and I don't own a car. A coworker was recently in a bike accident and was out for 2 days,...
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How to stop co-workers from teasing me because I know Russian?

I work on a team of 8 people for a U.S financial company, and a few weeks ago, a business meeting with some clients overseas was taking place. My manager asked us in an e-mail if anyone can speak and ...
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I reported the illegal activity of my boss to his boss. My boss found out. Now I am being punished. What should I do?

My direct supervisor has repeatedly performed actions that go against conduct of the company and of the state laws. I brought this to the attention of his boss in hopes of covering for myself when and ...
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My boss wants me to attend a meeting every day before work hours

My manager at a software company I've worked at for a few years has asked me to join a status update (a standup if you are familiar with agile) meeting daily, before my normal work hours. My boss ...
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How should I respond to an inappropriate question in a job interview?

In the United States, it is considered discriminatory to consider certain things about a candidate when hiring, unless that thing is actually relevant to that job. Specific to this question, a person'...
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Is it appropriate to breastfeed my baby during a conference call (voice only), and how do I mention her noises?

I have a 3 month old daughter and have just started working again for my employer full-time from home after maternity leave. She is quite a needy baby and will sometimes cry if I'm not holding her. I'...
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UK based, new US employer changed contract on first day. How to handle professionally?

I was offered a job by a US software company. On my first day at work they told me they couldn't actually hire me for legal and technical reasons. So, now they want me to be a consultant and to ...
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Dress code exists, but coworkers do not follow it. How to dress?

I recently started an intern position in a new office, and was told that the dress code is business casual. In theory, it is also the case that there are "dress down Fridays", where jeans are ...
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How can I get an unreasonable manager to approve time off?

I need to go to the doctor sometime in the next two weeks for a somewhat urgent matter. The only specialist in my area is only available between 10-4 on weekdays, and I work 9-5 for a manager who ...
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Employee refuses to sit at desk with rest of team, sits in common area instead

I have a low-performing employee who refuses to sit at their desk. I’ve asked twice if they have issues with the chair or table — because we can make accommodations there — and employee said no. ...
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Co-worker knows a small fact about me and blowing it out of proportion

Background I work on a small team of junior developers. We have meetings 2-3 times a week. This was my first real job after school and I struggled to find work, because I didn't have years of ...
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My colleagues frown on me for using my vacation days. Should I stop using them so much?

I work for a company that gives 25 vacation days a year. Unused days are not paid and if not used they become wasted and you cannot use them the next year. When you leave the company, you are not paid ...
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How do I tell my manager that his code review comment is wrong?

Recently during code review, my direct supervisor wrote a comment suggesting a change on some code I submitted. Normally, that is not a problem (and I understand that is the very point of code reviews)...
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(Accidentally?) hired into the wrong position

A company was hiring several developers. Among them a embedded software developer position with some very strict requirements (like 10+ years of experience with C) that I in no way qualify for (I'm a ...
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Ex-manager wants to stay in touch, I don't want to

I just left my first job out of college after working there 3 years. The reason I left is because I did not believe that my manager was treating me well. I now have a new job and am happy with it. ...
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Personal and legal liability with respect to inexperience?

I am a recent Bachelor's graduate in computer science - I have been employed in the field for less than a year. My current employer is asking me to design and implement a relatively advanced ...
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Coworker, driving drunk, was arrested; I was his passenger. Do I tell employer?

We have a "work" softball team (it is made up of all people who I work with but the company doesn't sponsor it although we do have the same team name as our company name). I got a ride from one of my ...
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Boss is sending me out of state for an 8-day class. Would it look bad if I asked for an extra day to do something fun?

I'm being sent to California for an 8-day training course (8 consecutive days; I don't get a weekend off). I'd like to spend a day at a nearby Six Flags park for some fun while I'm in the area, but I'...
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Can an employer refuse my resignation?

Recently a friend working in Texas took his boss to a meeting room and handed over a letter of resignation. The response from the boss was: I don't accept your resignation. Now a resignation ...
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How can I reduce the size of a long resume without hiding all my skills and experience?

I'm in the US and have 30 years of experience with a bunch of different companies, working in high-tech and the software industry. I have a lot of links, skills, and education which has pushed my ...
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How to react professionally when a colleague comes to work with a black eye?

A colleague came to work with a black eye. His bruises have nothing to do with work and don't impair him. We are on the same hierarchical level, but work in different teams and on different projects. ...