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Ethical And Religious Doctrines Agreement -Catholic Health Care Provider

As part of some merger among hospitals, my wife, a primary care physician, is now being asked to sign an agreement to follow the Ethical and Religious Directives of Catholic Health Care Services as a condition for her continued employment. The directives conflict with her own conscience and medical judgement. Is this legal? Does she have any recourse, if she chooses not to sign? [more inside]
posted by newdaddy on Nov 16, 2015 - 12 answers

Can I ask for a discount on this bike?

I can buy a bike from Shop 1 for 20% off MSRP. They're local, but not too local, and I have no particular allegiance to them. The 20% is a discount for members of a certain group. I'd prefer to buy the same bike from Shop 2, which is more local to me and which I like more. Is it ethical to ask if Shop 2 can give me a discount as well (whether 20% or less), or do I need to suck it up and decide between a discount and my preferred shop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2015 - 12 answers

Must choose between being good and being happy? T or F?

I'm a jumble of emotions right now. [TLDR]: The question is, can you be good if you break an unbreakable vow? Is it really a choice between being good and being happy? Is there a way to reconcile the two? [more inside]
posted by TestamentToGrace on Oct 11, 2015 - 38 answers

What should I do about self-plagiarism?

It's 2015, and more and more academic articles from pre-Internet times are getting scanned, indexed, and shared. Back in the day, you might have been able to publish essentially the same paper in journals with mainly domestic subscriber lists in two different countries, and nobody ever would have been the wiser. Somebody did this. The intersection of subscribers was probably less than 25 libraries in this case back then. Twenty years later, and a reader noticed. Author is now a big cheese. My gut tells me to treat this just like any other case of major plagiarism--notify the author, allow them to respond, but then likely public retraction as self-plagiarism and notify employer and journal where Author is now editor. [more inside]
posted by Gotanda on Oct 5, 2015 - 28 answers

Are atheists, in fact, responsible for more mass murder than theists?

I'm an atheist trying to take the question of secular morality in society seriously. In debates about whether a secular society is better than a religious one, theists often allude to Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, etc -- the mass murders of the 20th century who were motivated by secular beliefs. Are theists right that atheists killed more people in the 20th century than religious leaders did? What notable examples of this exist, besides the three mentioned above? [more inside]
posted by everythingyoudoisaballoon on Sep 21, 2015 - 27 answers

I don't trust my boss.

I work for a small organization and the more I learn about how my boss runs it, the more wary I become that some of what is happening is not just mismanagement (as I first assumed), but possibly unethical and maybe even fraudulent behavior. Can/should I stay working there? If I stay, how can I work effectively when I have such reservations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2015 - 11 answers

How do I ethically hire people at a company that is failing?

I work for a small, but somewhat prominent in its domain, company that has issues. These issues are not entirely apparent from the outside due to the company's excellent PR and HR offices. I don't want to leave the company right now for my own reasons, but I also find it difficult to try to convince people to work for the company without stretching the truth further than I'm comfortable with. How do I handle interviews when I believe that the company will fail? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2015 - 15 answers

How to ethically spend/allocate leftover grant funds?

Hi. I work at a nonprofit organization, and we have a non-governmental grant that pays for my salary and program expenses. It's coming up on the end of the grant year, and I have leftover funds. I'm not sure I agree with a directive coming from my boss about how to allocate the leftover funds in the budget. I need some people with on-the-ground nonprofit experience to tell me if my ethical line is stricter than the general best practices one. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2015 - 12 answers

Vet malpractice?

A friend had a very odd experience at the vet and it's now costing him tons of money and I'm questioning my own use of the vet. What are the options? [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Jul 6, 2015 - 10 answers

Surveilling housesitters without their knowledge...

So, I own a house. My three kids and I went away on vacation leaving my very needy dogs in the care of a housesitter. The housesitter was an acquaintance: a good friend of a good friend, but someone that I had only personally met a few times. I have non-obvious cameras in my house. Not in the private areas like the bathroom or bedrooms, but in public areas like the living room and kitchen. I, perhaps stupidly, did not tell the housesitter about these cameras and then, guiltily, reviewed the footage upon returning home. Now I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 5, 2015 - 50 answers

Boss who gaslights, stonewalls and bullies me & my coworkers.

I work with a team of people (less than ten) under a supervisor who consistently uses insulting, bullying language and intimidation tactics that are so detrimental to team's morale and productivity that we have decided to take this to our company's anonymous hotline for reporting misconduct. How do we best phrase our concerns/strategize our approach so that the company takes these concerns seriously? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 20, 2015 - 7 answers

How to decide whether to boycott (anything)?

How should I decide whether to boycott a company - specifically, Driscoll's berries, but also in general? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jun 16, 2015 - 9 answers

small-scale plagiarism: right or wrong?

My friend is currently studying at university, and she asked me to help her out with one of her assignments. I refused, saying I considered what she was asking me to do to be wrong. She became upset, and now I feel lousy, like I've let her down. I would like to gauge others' perspectives here: if you were in my shoes, how would you have reacted? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Apr 26, 2015 - 60 answers

I'm looking for a specific Peter Singer quote.

Hi. Help me find the story Peter Singer tells in one of his books that says he went over to some couple's house for dinner. The couple were fans of his and excited to meet him, I think. They asked him what his favourite animals were. He says something like it is a common assumption that animal rights people are animal lovers who care about cute and cuddly things. He tells the story to illustrate the point that he defends animals not because they're nice, but because it is a matter of ethics and justice. [more inside]
posted by stellathon on Apr 23, 2015 - 4 answers

Ethical Adoption Agency/Unicorn?

Just beginning the complex/overwhelming/fraught process of exploring domestic infant adoption, and looking for help in sorting out a lot of conflicting information and emotions about agencies and ethics. [more inside]
posted by Dorinda on Mar 19, 2015 - 5 answers

Etiquette on re-using colleague's teaching exercise

One of my colleagues has a wonderful teaching exercise that I'd like to re-use in a presentation. I would of course give her credit, both on the presentation slide and verbally. Is this normal academic re-use? [more inside]
posted by lillygog on Mar 8, 2015 - 14 answers

Stiffed on AirBnB rent?

We've been renting out our house (which we own) as an AirBnB apartment, and for more than a year things have been going really well. Recently, however, a break-in prompted AirBnB to cancel a long-term booking, stiffing us on the last month's rent with no notice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 2015 - 19 answers

What are the ethical concerns of owning pet fish?

I was going to post a question about how to set up my first fish tank, but as I was writing it I realized that before I decided to go ahead and set it up, I first needed to figure out whether I thought it was ethical to do it in the first place. [more inside]
posted by sam_harms on Mar 1, 2015 - 27 answers

Is it ethical for a psychiatrist to keep a diagnosis from a patient?

My young adult cousin is mentally ill. The exact diagnosis is unclear, but it's some combination of schizophrenia/psychosis, likely with some OCD & depression mixed in. I'm wondering if it's ethical that his psychiatrist hasn't told him his diagnosis and whether this suggests that the treatment he is receiving is subpar. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 20, 2015 - 14 answers

Academic paper: Ethics of reviewer requesting added references

I would welcome some opinions on the ethics of a reviewer for an academic paper and potential ways to address a problem with a request to add inappropriate references. [more inside]
posted by biffa on Feb 19, 2015 - 13 answers

Job Applicant May Have Misrepresented Resume?

Former coworker is asking me to help him find a job at current company. Found out that he may have misrepresented his work history - what do I do? [more inside]
posted by pando11 on Feb 16, 2015 - 16 answers

Short-changed at BK: Should I eat the loss?

About an hour ago, I went through the drive-through at Burger King and bought dinner. Having no smaller bills, I paid the $6 tab with a one-hundred-dollar bill, and- because I'm an idiot- put the change in my pocket without counting it. Guess what happened next? [more inside]
posted by t(h)om(as) on Feb 11, 2015 - 16 answers

Acknowledgement of research work in professional documents

A number of documents have been brought to my attention concerning an academic field in which I sometimes work. They are technical documents by a prestigious European organisation. They apply a multi-stage methodology which is clearly a stage-by-stage copy of a complex methodology developed by one of my colleagues a year or two before. [more inside]
posted by biffa on Feb 9, 2015 - 6 answers

Is there an ethical way to have my cake and eat it too?

Hi Metafilter, I hope you can help with a question about ethics, fetishes, and relationships. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 19, 2015 - 46 answers

Do I tell or do I let it go?

My soon-to-be ex-wife is having a long-term affair with a married man. Should I tell his wife about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 15, 2014 - 43 answers

Ethics of downloading ebooks

Please help me decide how to ethically consume books now that I'm the owner of a brand shiny new Kindle. [more inside]
posted by Aizkolari on Dec 14, 2014 - 28 answers

What to do about someone presenting your artwork as their own?

My best friend just found out that someone bought a bunch of his drawings and paintings online, framed them, and then probably presented them in a 2-person gallery show as their own work... [more inside]
posted by drumcorpse on Dec 12, 2014 - 22 answers

Should I take this job?

I've been contracting with a company that is most likely going to make me a job offer this week. It's a contract-to-hire deal, which I was pretty excited about when it started, but over the past few weeks my wife and I have decided we want to move across the country to be closer to her family. The job is remote so in theory I could keep it, but then we'd have to pay our way across the country. What to do? [more inside]
posted by StockingMarionette on Dec 1, 2014 - 9 answers

Ethics of cancelling a car service...when it didn't cancel

Over the holiday weekend visiting NYC, I ordered, and then canceled, a car (from a major NYC car service) to come to the house I thought I’d be visiting in the suburbs and take me to La Guardia at 6 a.m. I then decided to stay where I was in Brooklyn and didn’t need the car after all. So I canceled with the service the night before, at around midnight. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2014 - 9 answers

What to tell interviewers about why I'm leaving my job?

I've received a "Performance Improvement Plan" due to poor output and communication problems. This is almost entirely due to issues in my personal life that are resolving themselves. However, at most companies (probably including mine), a PIP is basically a way to build a paper trail before firing someone. While I'm going to work as hard as I can to improve performance, this is probably the time to start looking for other jobs. What is ethical for me to tell interviewers about why I'm leaving my current position? There are plenty of things I can cite that I don't like about this job, but none of them would normally be enough for me to quit. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 25, 2014 - 18 answers

Wouf wouf.

Inspired by this post on the blue, I was wondering if MeFites who have gotten their beloved French bulldogs from good breeders would care to share some info. [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Nov 12, 2014 - 6 answers

Do professional "military ethicists" exist?

Does the military have institutionalized roles in its bureaucracy for ethicists analogous to the role of 'bioethicists' in the life sciences? [more inside]
posted by eagle-bear on Oct 26, 2014 - 19 answers

Help me identify a fable.

I heard this in an ethics class several years ago. I believe the original fable is Indian in origin, but I'm not sure. Here is the overview according to my memory: [more inside]
posted by boo_radley on Oct 7, 2014 - 3 answers

The ethics of having children give feedback on my middle grade novella?

I've written a middle grade novella (age target approximately 10 to 14 years, 26,000 words). I had what I thought was the rather simple idea of asking my next door neighbor kids (and friends of my son) if they could read it and give me feedback. They were enthusiastic, they'd never read a book by someone they knew. Then I thought, they are performing a valuable service for me. Shouldn't I be paying them? [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches on Oct 3, 2014 - 23 answers

How are you supervised?

I would like to hear from health/wellness professional who are supervised (by choice or through professional obligation) on a regular basis. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 23, 2014 - 4 answers

How do find a job or career where compassion, sensitivity are assets?

Are there jobs where having a *thin* skin is an asset instead of a liability? Where being loving, caring, emotional, sensitive are a good thing and you don't have to fight those tendencies, especially as a leader? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Sep 16, 2014 - 30 answers

Explain this whole "practice interview" thing to me.

If I'm interviewing with companies just for my own benefit -- to practice interviewing, to learn more about what kinds of compensation I might command, even to see what kinds of jobs are out there that might be a good fit for me -- and know early on that I'm not interested in ACTUALLY working for the company, how far into the process can I get without being a total jerk? [more inside]
posted by StockingMarionette on Aug 28, 2014 - 19 answers

Why would a physician refuse to accept credit cards?

I recently fired a doctor because she doesn't take credit cards or insurance. Can anyone think of a legitimate reason for this? [more inside]
posted by Violet Hour on Aug 15, 2014 - 45 answers

How to respond to Mars exploration vs feed the hungry?

Today, I was enthusing about a photograph from the surface of Mars, and a friend responded along the following lines: "I find it hard to get excited about it when there are so many starving people here on Earth. We should fix our own problems before exploring other planets." How could I have responded? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jun 13, 2014 - 39 answers

There must be a schadenfreude-adjacent word for this!

There's got to be a word or phrase for when someone chooses to sympathise with or prioritize the pain and suffering of a perpetrator over their victims. It's not "victim-blaming" which is about making a judgement of fault or cause of the act itself to reduce the level of the crime, but where people put the weight of their attention and efforts towards the perpetrator and there is comparatively little for the victims. I'm especially interested in a phrase or ethical/theological concept that addresses the hypocrisy of this, where this sympathy to the perp is viewed as a Great Moral Kindness in rehabilitating the sinner while refusing to acknowledge that that effort comes at the cost of further silencing and refusing voice, aid and power to the victims.
posted by viggorlijah on Jun 12, 2014 - 25 answers

Is it ethical to shop wholesale for my own use?

There's a way I could, legally and within the rules, shop wholesale - even though the purchases wouldn't really be for my business. Do you think this is okay, MeFi? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 2, 2014 - 41 answers

When should you inquire about the academic rigor of research?

A few weeks ago I saw this FPP and found it to be very enlightening. Since then I was exposed to some similar but much lesser academic work and found questionable references in it. My issue - should I just drop it or do something more substantial? [more inside]
posted by vonstadler on May 31, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me choose a MBA research paper topic - due in two weeks...

What is the best topic with lots of reference material that deals in International Business Ethics? Something like a review on international bribery or the sale of vaccines or baby formula for profit. I'm looking for the topic that will be the easiest to write because there is so much reference material available. [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Apr 6, 2014 - 13 answers

Have I been plagiarized? If so, what do I do?

I wrote a lengthy scholarly article last year, put a preprint of it on my university's institutional repository, and thought no more about it. In January this year, a British journalist published a piece of popular military history with a major British trade press that appears to contain about 6 pages of very, very close summary and paraphrase of my article. What to do? [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim on Mar 4, 2014 - 11 answers

1,000's of fishes

How many fish are killed for every fish oil pill I consume? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Feb 24, 2014 - 10 answers

How does one get to become an ethics professional?

I'm wondering how people get into the field of ethics? Are they lawyers? Are they chosen (in much the same way that judges are) for their moral standards and good reputations? [more inside]
posted by flyingfork on Feb 21, 2014 - 13 answers

Too Close For My Comfort

Ethics and friendship filter. Help me find the courage to tell my friend that this introvert is not going to stay in a single hotel room with two double beds and three non related people. It's already been advanced booked and I'm expected to pay my share. [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Jan 21, 2014 - 27 answers

She is my psychiatrist. She told me she is bi-polar. Now what?

How did you react when your psychiatrist disclosed their own mental illness to you during a session? Have any other mefites had this experience or heard of it? During my 4th consultation (over 6 weeks) with a psychiatrist who is treating me she sort of casually disclosed that she herself suffers from bi-polar disorder and that she has in fact been hospitalised 3 times in the last 12 months due to it. [more inside]
posted by evil_esto on Jan 15, 2014 - 39 answers

"How could I bring a child into this world?" The climate change edition.

Many people I know who aren't global warming skeptics are still planning to procreate. Though I might like to have a kid someday, the thought of their future quality of life strikes me as a potentially decisive ethical objection to it. While I've seen plenty of arguments against procreation that deal with the ethics of creating more consumers, that issue is distinct from the ethics of creating new sufferers. Can you point me to any well-reasoned arguments--whether yours or something you've seen, on either side of the issue--that deal with the ethics of choosing to bring children into a hotter world? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jan 3, 2014 - 41 answers

Find this essay!

In the 70's (I think) there was an essay written on meat-eating that argues that the animals we eat exist because we bred them for eating and if they are raised humanely then they have had a life which they would not have had. The author might have been Annie Dillard, John Ashbery, or Wendell Berry. I just would like to find this specific essay. Please do not turn this into a discussion of the rightness or wrongness of the premise.
posted by agatha_magatha on Dec 31, 2013 - 3 answers

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