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Ethics at a Not-for-profit

My wife is leaving a position with a not-for-profit due to a hostile work environment, unethical behaviour on the part of the executive director, and coworkers abusing organization time and resources. Should she approach the board of directors with this, or cut her losses and pretend she is only leaving for the money? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 29, 2011 - 17 answers

I think I love my staff. Literally. Help.

How can I deal with romantic feelings towards an employee to maintain both my sanity and business? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2011 - 19 answers

How to ethically blog from inside the ivory tower

Professors, journalistis, writers, lend me your brain: is it ethically okay for me to professionally blog about my grad school program? [more inside]
posted by smirkette on Aug 19, 2011 - 10 answers

Is there a higher bar of native apps? Why or why not?

Is gathering application usage data for analytic purposes ethical? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Aug 15, 2011 - 8 answers

My parents' realtor wants to sell their house to her son. Conflict? How big of a problem?

Realty-Ethics Filter - My parents are selling their house in California. Their realtor presented an offer, from her son and daughter-in-law. I understand it is legal in California for a realtor to represent buyer and seller both, but this seems like a particularly acute conflict of interest. Advice appreciated. [more inside]
posted by stewieandthedude on Aug 11, 2011 - 23 answers

Ethics of leaving a college teaching job near the start of the semester?

I agreed to take a teaching job at certain community college, and now, just two weeks away from the beginning of the semester, it looks like a much better job is about to come through for me. What are the ethical considerations of backing out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2011 - 13 answers

Animals are not for my entertainment - but?

I am faced with a decision that needs a resolution within the next 1/2 hour. I am against the use of animals for entertainment. Should I go to a country fair that as well as the usual offerings (rides, best pies and jams etc.), has an 'exotic animal show?' (which I could skip, but...) [more inside]
posted by analog on Aug 6, 2011 - 23 answers

The world is ending, help me rack up debt!!

With the potential of a global economic collapse, should I cash out & take on lots of debt? [more inside]
posted by snow_mac on Aug 4, 2011 - 25 answers

accepting a job knowing another offer is likely?

This is really a question of ethics as a job seeker. Should you accept a job offer, knowing that a better offer is probably coming shortly (but not yet 100% certain) and if it does appear, should you leave the first job after only a short time? [more inside]
posted by tandemrepeat on Aug 3, 2011 - 30 answers

How to give readers the best info?

The best way to promote *accessible* quality products without putting the smaller businesses at a disadvantage or sacrificing site traffic? [more inside]
posted by desertface on Jul 13, 2011 - 1 answer

How do i stop my own personal sense of ethics interfering with the growth of my business?

How do i stop my own personal sense of ethics interfering with the growth of my business? [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Jul 3, 2011 - 39 answers

Is there a difference, legally or ethically, between murdering someone and forcing them to commit suicide?

Is there a difference, legally or ethically, between murdering someone and forcing them to commit suicide? [more inside]
posted by MighstAllCruckingFighty on Jun 23, 2011 - 30 answers

Can I go back on a verbal agreement to have work done on my car without negative consequences?

Can (should) I ask my mechanic not to do a job we agreed they would do, after they've ordered the part? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres on Jun 20, 2011 - 10 answers

It's not stealing if...

An etiquette/ethical question about consulting contracts and dealing with recruiters. The question is: would this be considered stealing a contract? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Jun 16, 2011 - 13 answers

http://webbrowsingisnotacrime.org/unsecured_directory_of_images/

What are the legalities (in the United States) of browsing the contents of an "open folder" on a public website? [more inside]
posted by DocSharpie on Jun 14, 2011 - 24 answers

Ethics of providing sample code to prospective employer

(Posted for a friend) A co-worker of mine and I were discussing a sticky situation that I think is pretty common in the IT field. We are both applying for new jobs and have been asked to submit sample code as well as documentation. Obviously code and documentation is intellectual property of the employer, even though the employee essentially wrote/designed/authored it. How would one go about submitting code and documentation in a legal and ethical manner that still displays relevant work experience?
posted by langedon on May 16, 2011 - 11 answers

Looking for Scandinavian software company with CSR interests

I'm going on a trip in June to Oslo, Copenhagen, and Stockholm to study corporate social responsibility and business ethics. I'm meeting with about a dozen companies but but I am still looking for a software company headquartered there to visit with and interview. Does anyone know of a software company HQ'ed in one of the aforementioned cities with a strong CSR program?
posted by sciurine on May 2, 2011 - 3 answers

Corporate social responsibility

Companies/corporations that use strongly human- and earth-friendly business practices and ethics? [more inside]
posted by so_gracefully on Apr 28, 2011 - 16 answers

To refund or not to refund, that is the question

I just finished up a small project that I way overestimated. I sold the project for a fixed bid, nominally based on the hourly rate I charge for my services. The customer has already paid me - should I offer to refund the difference? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 21, 2011 - 27 answers

Sexual ethics: the giving of blowjobs

I'm a woman in a longterm committed relationship, and I love sex. Over the years, I've started to feel that I don't get anything out of giving my partner blowjobs, and the unfairness bothers me. Yet not being excited by giving it or wanting to give one also makes me feel guilty, like I'm not being a good partner or being the stereotypical woman who hates blowjobs, which frustrates me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 31, 2011 - 34 answers

Are victims of coersion and threat legally responsible for commiting crimes under duress?

Legal hypothesis (from a recent episode of Flashpoint): What are you responsible for in the eyes of the court (US) if you commit a crime (let's say robbery) under duress (threat of death)? Does that change if you commit murder? Does that change if its not you being threatened, but your kidnapped daughter? [more inside]
posted by unrequited on Mar 21, 2011 - 12 answers

Can't stand spending my springtime here...

Do I have to tell my future employer that I quit my current job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2011 - 12 answers

Using non-commercial CC content, ads come in later. Is this good?

Hypothetical: Using Creative Commons licensed material that's not labeled for commercial use on a not-for-profit blog. At some point, ads are run in order to generate profit. Is this good? What if the ads are gone later?
posted by nrobertson on Mar 20, 2011 - 1 answer

Hardly rough, but a diamond?

My husband found what appears to be a diamond, fallen out of a jewelry setting, in our box at the opera. If no one claims it, what to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 13, 2011 - 20 answers

Office Politics...

What would you do if your landlord was also your friend and client, and had violated all three relationships, all at one time? [more inside]
posted by She Talks To Angels on Mar 13, 2011 - 31 answers

I art direct/design a magazine. I want out. What are the legal/ethical concerns with putting that work in my online portfolio? (BONUS: am i being treated unfairly?)

I art direct/design a magazine. I want out. What are the legal/ethical concerns with putting that work in my online portfolio? (BONUS: am i being treated unfairly?) [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Mar 8, 2011 - 12 answers

Entry Level Credit Cards for Someone Who Hates Credit Cards

Help me find a credit card for emergencies, even though I'm too young for a real credit history and a little squigged out by the ethics of credit card companies. [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Mar 5, 2011 - 12 answers

Where can I get recommendations for the 'greenest' house cleaners and personal care products?

Where can I get recommendations for the 'greenest' house cleaners and personal care products? [more inside]
posted by lemonade on Feb 14, 2011 - 7 answers

Repackaged images

Help me find where (or if) people have talked about the practice, seen on tumblr and in wider visual blog culture, of completely forgoing citation when posting other people's visual work. [more inside]
posted by theefixedstars on Feb 4, 2011 - 6 answers

Professional boundaries for an adult education environment

I am seeking information (website/blog/journal article/etc) that will help me talk about the need for professional boundaries & role definition for staff working in an adult learning environment. Bonus points for info that talks about both the teacher-student relationship, and relationships within the staff team/whole organisation.
posted by MT on Feb 1, 2011 - 1 answer

Rat out a plagerist?

A grad school friend of mine submitted a short story for a major literary magazine competition and won. It also seems she plagiarized the work. I'm not sure how to handle this or her subsequent behavior. [more inside]
posted by mizrachi on Jan 28, 2011 - 51 answers

Faux Yorkie

A pet store sold me a Yorkshire Terrier but it's actually a Silky Terrier, can they do this? [more inside]
posted by xbeautychicx on Jan 26, 2011 - 20 answers

Interview ethics

I'll be graduating from college this spring and am looking at jobs. I'm also in the running for a scholarship to go abroad, which I have about a 50 percent chance of getting. Should I mention this to potential employers, and if so, when and how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2011 - 12 answers

Company B is flying me out to interview, how do I handle this with Company A?

Potential employment triangle: Company B is flying me out to interview, how do I handle this with Company A, who is also actively recruiting me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2011 - 9 answers

Confronting Recruiting Agency About Shady Practices

I applied to an ad for a contract position with an organization in my city that I've wanting to learn more about. So far I've had one positive phone interview with the project manager, but the more I deal with the recruiter, the more I'm concerned about the firm using deceptive methods. Is it worth it to call up the headquarters of this firm to voice my concerns? [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam on Jan 7, 2011 - 7 answers

Is it wrong to swim with the dolphins?

Please help me decide whether it's ok to pay for "swim with the dolphins" type experiences. Is this animal cruelty I shouldn't support with my hard-earned dollars? [more inside]
posted by BillBishop on Jan 3, 2011 - 20 answers

The love of money is the root of all evil.

My father-in-law may have pocketed part of a gift intended for my husband and his brother. But then again, maybe not! How can I navigate this situation with maximum tact and minimal drama? And more concretely, how does one write a thank-you note that gracefully specifies the exact amount of the gift? [more inside]
posted by yersinia on Dec 28, 2010 - 42 answers

Can I exchange my cats?

I don't love my cats. Can I humanely surrender them and find a better match? [more inside]
posted by Jay Levitt on Dec 28, 2010 - 44 answers

Knowledge that will hurt my friends. Or my XCo. (ethical Q)

Several years ago I left OldCo for NewCo, but maintained a lot of friendships with people from OldCo. NewCo was taken over by XCo, who made a lot of changes. XCo interested OldCo in some products. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2010 - 15 answers

ADD, Depression, and You!

How does someone know if a stimulant medication (adderall) is helping them the way it was intended to for ADD, or if they are searching for a reason to continue a substance that makes them feel good (aka addictive behaviors)? Where is the line between a "need for functioning" and "it makes me feel better therefore I function better"? Don't most people function better on a stimulant? (also some ethical questions inside about working in the mental health industry...) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2010 - 30 answers

My colleague swallowed his teeth during a snowball fight. Now what?

Snowball fight ethical dilemma - who is responsible to fix something that breaks [more inside]
posted by MighstAllCruckingFighty on Dec 2, 2010 - 26 answers

Should I let them get their 25,000?

Is it unethical to bypass the technical recruiter and go straight to the recruiting company? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Nov 30, 2010 - 24 answers

I'm a bed bug dog and I love what I do?

My friend (really) is considering using a bed bug dog to help her figure out what is biting her (she is aware of all of the other ways to monitor the situation, as well). However, she is a gentle soul, and is worried about whether such dogs like what they do. [more inside]
posted by analog on Nov 23, 2010 - 15 answers

Is it okay to date a student once the semester is over?

Is it okay to date a student once the semester is over? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2010 - 64 answers

Medical Ethics of Self-Referrals

Medical Ethics question regarding physician at hospital referring patient to physician's own private practice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 15, 2010 - 9 answers

I want to give my prof a gift, is it okay?

Etiquette filter: I'd like to give my Creative Writing professor a gift to celebrate her new baby (due in Dec). Her and her husband are also the advisors for the Creative Writing side of the English Department, of which I'm a grad student. Am I crossing any ethical boundaries? [more inside]
posted by patheral on Nov 10, 2010 - 13 answers

Plagiarism on Facebook

My wife's twenty-something cousin is plagiarizing poems via her Facebook page. We noticed. What next? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia on Nov 5, 2010 - 54 answers

Is it legal for a candidate to have access to ballots after the election?

I just found out my local representative (who runs unopposed every year) looks at the write-in names under his on the ballots and then hires a private detective to investigate all of the people named in the write in line of the ballot. This sounds illegal to me as I'm pretty sure candidates shouldn't be looking at actual ballots. Aren't they supposed to be counted by the computers or poll workers?
posted by jihaan on Nov 4, 2010 - 15 answers

Can I ethically/legally refuse to work with a client who acts in violation of my personal ethics?

Ethical dilemma at work: I work for a Fortune500 technology company, and one of my responsibilities is to assist with designing solutions for customers with complex requirements. The company is currently finalizing a very large deal with an organization that is well known for funding campaigns aimed at discrimination against a certain group of people, and I am being asked to design a solution for them. As a member of the group being discriminated against, I am understandably very reluctant to get involved in this deal in any way. I happen to know that my immediate supervisor's political views is such that he likely wholeheartedly agrees with the customer's stance in this matter. Do I have any ethical and/or legal grounds for refusing to deal with this customer, and, if so, how do I go about it without jeopardizing my career?
posted by anonymous on Nov 1, 2010 - 22 answers

I've virtually tracked down my missing/stolen iPod Touch, and have discovered all sorts of personal information about the person who is now using it. How can I reclaim it?

I've virtually tracked down my missing/stolen iPod Touch, and have discovered all sorts of personal information about the person who is now using it. How can I reclaim it? [Details inside-- this one's a detective story] [more inside]
posted by stilly on Oct 28, 2010 - 78 answers

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