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Lets get ethical, ethical.

Is it ethically questionable to knowingly start working for your future competition? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 - 9 answers

Looking for first-person accounts of descent into corporate corruption.

I'm looking for good first-person non-fiction accounts of how people rationalize their descent into bad behavior. I'm particularly interested in business or organizational contexts in which unethical behavior or corrupt behavior has occurred. Anything come to mind? Thanks!
posted by langedon on Mar 20, 2012 - 11 answers

Hiring a former coworker

Should I steal my former employer's best employee? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 2012 - 24 answers

My lawyer confessed a crime to me!?

First, I know most of you are not a lawyer and none of you are my lawyer. I understand the basic protections and requirements surrounding attorney-client privilege. I have an ethical, and potentially legal, dilemma. While consulting with my attorney recently, my attorney admitted to having committed a crime. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2012 - 17 answers

Hungry Hungry HIPPA

What do I do if I suspect a hospital patient may have been involved in a criminal act? [more inside]
posted by ladypants on Feb 16, 2012 - 14 answers

Neigbors gave us a chair, do we give them the craigslist proceeds?

Help my wife and I solve this minor ethical dilemma: What to do about a chair loaned by a neighbor and no longer wanted by either household? [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean on Feb 13, 2012 - 29 answers

I need to put something on my feet.

Ethical everyman shoes? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Feb 7, 2012 - 34 answers

Help me pick an ethically-manufactured laptop.

Help me pick an ethically-manufactured laptop. [more inside]
posted by delight on Jan 27, 2012 - 22 answers

Sibling career choices and ethics

Ideas for how to handle it when a sibling you are very close to is heading into a line of work that symbolizes everything you are against in this world? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2012 - 60 answers

Ethical test-cases in literary form?

Recommend good short stories for starting moral or ethical debates! [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jan 26, 2012 - 29 answers

How to handle accidentally being overpaid for a year?

Made an error in timesheet tracking...best way to handle it? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Jan 14, 2012 - 10 answers

When should you notify an applicant of the poor quality of a reference letter?

Academic ethics question: under what circumstances should you notify an applicant of the poor quality of a reference letter? [more inside]
posted by googly on Jan 10, 2012 - 24 answers

Which clothing manufacturers care about more than just clothes?

What are other clothing manufacturers with clearly stated ethics? I'm thinking of Patagonia as an example. Who else? [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski on Jan 6, 2012 - 30 answers

What're the ethics of hiring a moonlighter who's on the job?

What are the ethics of buying skilled services if the person doing it is completing those services on the job? (Specifically, a machinist, if the industry matters.) [more inside]
posted by Netzapper on Dec 27, 2011 - 15 answers

What is respect?

Respect describes a particular attitude toward another person, and not a feeling as such. It's still often used as a modifier for an emotion, though, since attitudes can modify anything a person does. This makes it even harder to observe than emotions are. So, what is respect? What does it mean to respect someone, if I'm trying to ignore how I feel about them? [more inside]
posted by LogicalDash on Dec 19, 2011 - 17 answers

Is paying a therapist the difference between their rate and what insurance covers reasonable?

I see a therapist on a regular basis. I have health insurance with a small copay for these visits. Some time ago, my therapist asked that I pay the difference between the fee they bill for (their full rate) and the negotiated rate that my health insurance pays to them. This increases my out-of-pocket costs dramatically. Is there something odd about this arrangement?
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2011 - 24 answers

To Watch or Not To Watch- Home Surveillance when away

We are going out of town and using a housesitting service that we found through the interwebs. A friend told us that we absolutely must set up some sort of surveillance. I'm really torn. [more inside]
posted by emilyclaire on Dec 14, 2011 - 14 answers

Non-amazon online stores?

What online retailers should I use to purchase gifts for my relatives in other states, now that I'm aware of how Amazon treats its warehouse employees and do not wish to purchase anything from them until they improve the working conditions and increase their wages? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 11, 2011 - 11 answers

Should I be gifting my nieces and nephews or not?

Should I still be giving these kids gifts? [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Dec 9, 2011 - 42 answers

Can't cope with buying, can't cope with renting

I need help getting a mortgage on a property that needs minor repairs. [more inside]
posted by Violet Hour on Nov 22, 2011 - 6 answers

Ethical Business?

What are the major organizations that publish company profiles and/or reports on the ethics of their business practices? [more inside]
posted by god particle on Nov 22, 2011 - 5 answers

What's the fair way to deal with a friend accidentally damaging my laptop?

Ethics filter: Friend spilled a drink causing $750 damage to my laptop. Fair to request $750 from him? Can I apply that money to a new computer rather than just repairing this one? [more inside]
posted by losvedir on Nov 21, 2011 - 53 answers

There's this woman I never wanted to be friends with, and somehow we've been friends for almost 10 years. Is there any way to stop being friends with her without hurting her feelings?

There's this woman I never wanted to be friends with, and somehow we've been friends for almost 10 years. Is there any way to stop being friends with her without hurting her feelings? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2011 - 27 answers

At the risk of finding out I can't shop at the supermarket I can walk to...

Is there a quick way to gauge how ethical the practices of a corporation are? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Nov 7, 2011 - 2 answers

How to do right by my friend, and myself?

A friend helped me to get a temp position at her office. If a better and permanent offer for another position comes along before my temp contract is up, what would be the ethical thing to do? [more inside]
posted by sorrysockpuppet on Nov 2, 2011 - 11 answers

Should I report this security issue to my school?

Is it troublesome to be able to obtain access to the names and e-mail addresses of students, faculty, employees, and alumni of a university? If so, how should I go about reporting it without being misinterpreted or punished? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2011 - 18 answers

Watching Sports While Worrying

How can a person with a conscience watch contact sports? [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Oct 15, 2011 - 38 answers

History of Abuse

I went away to boarding school in 1993/4. During 1993, a teacher there who was sexually inappropriate. I sort of lost track of him, but found out today he is now the Head Director of a school, and on the board of the Assoc. of International School Heads, It was a long time ago, and I cannot prove anything, and do not want to go in guns half cocked, but I feel like I should say something. What are best practices here?
posted by anonymous on Oct 12, 2011 - 23 answers

Reward and Punishment in the US

What are some good (current) examples of reward and punishment in the United States? Please give me any websites, magazines or books I might be able to source for an essay. [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Oct 6, 2011 - 7 answers

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

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