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What is the most unethical incident you've witness at work?
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Posted 12/19/13
Just curious what people have experienced at work. Obviously, don't have to name names or anything, but did something happen to customers, co-workers, superiors that really bothered you from an ethical standpoint? Did you do anything about it?

For me, I think the thing that bothered me the most was when we had non-medical people making medical decisions based on financial incentives. This isn't totally uncommon in this field, but one case was pretty egregious that it resulted in someone losing his life unnecessarily imo. I didn't really want to stir the pot so I didn't do or say much about it, but it does bother me a lot. I have my family to think about as well so can't really say I regret not doing anything or saying anything about it.
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Shaming, blaming, lying, yelling and conniving.
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i've worked for a non-profit so... you know... typical director/CEO making bucketloads of money while not supporting the financial needs of the organization's own staff (bc grants/donations support clients)...
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A former coworker of mine goes around and steals other people's tools when they're unattended, including that of his supervisors. He openly brags about it, too. He's a sloppy, careless, and selfish worker in general. He even came close to blinding me with a welding machine a few months ago, which I will forever hold a grudge against him about.
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ethics?.... HA....
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I guess as a salesman it kinda annoys me that my boss gets bonus and other goodies depending on how well I do. I mean he is a little bit better of a salesman than me, but I am second best at the store and just get paid my regular hourly pay nothing more nothing less. I guess it bothers me that I do make commission or get part of the bonuses he receives for making sales :3.
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I work at a fine company. I mean I'm only still a teenager but I work hard and stuff. I don't have a REAL job yet and I'm only on-call for work. I haven't had any problems at my work but I've seen on TV about stuff going on in my country.

I've seen it everywhere, here in New Zealand the minimum wage is $13.75 per hour, but a lot of Asian immigrants who can't speak English well, etc. get paid like $7 or less an hour and work around 50 hours a week. This sort of thing really upset me a lot because the worst thing is profiting from another individual's disability. I'm not Asian but I can understand this situation as a teenager who is working hard to earn whatever income he can before he finishes school.

I leave you a link, if you are interested in reading about it.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10864809
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I work in an office doing programming and I noticed that people are very quick to blame others when they know it's really their fault but they don't want to lose their bonus or standing with their peers. For me, if I do something wrong I try to quickly let everyone know it was me so there is not 100 people asking why something crashed for example. I would just say "Hey, I accidently crashed the TEST server from an accidental infinite loop on SQL Select, will fix asap." That way they know why it happened and that I am working on getting it fixed.

I don't care who you are, if you program you will make mistakes which sometimes may crash the entire server, but denying it and getting caught is much worse than crashing it and letting everyone know you are working on it and not to worry.
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I work as a lowly sushi chef and I have to deal with customers all day. It's not weird that most Americans find sushi unusual but they really don't have to sneer and scowl when I offer them free samples. A simple no or shake head is enough. It's not like I'm gonna run up to them and force the sushi down their throat.

Edit: that wasn't really the most unethical incident that happened to me but it occurs a few times every day and it irks me the most atm
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23 / M / KS, USA
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Posted 12/19/13
They hired a lazy sap like me...


Buy really I don't pay close enough attention to notice anything like that, or I have just worked at decent enough places that the only problem is some people who seem to do less work get paid more than those who actually work.
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thekevin4 wrote:

ethics?.... HA....


You must work where I do to be that cynical....
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when I was training to be a high school teacher, the teacher who was supervising me was making me writing a false accusation claim about a misbehaving student... like exaggerating the bad behaviour.


It was so unethical, and I couldn't do anything about it because I didn't have a voice, it's like you're a newcomer to a workplace and even if you say something, NOTHING will happen because nobody's going to believe a "new" staff over someone who has worked there for 10 years.

So it was such a toxic experience for me; I grew up believing that teachers are supposed to be people we look up to and can feel safe around.


But being in the staff room made me feel really uncomfortable; they were calling their own students "idiots" and so unfocused on making creative assignments. I didn't study teaching to be put in a place like this.



Anyway, it wasn't just that one place, there are many other schools that are like that. To the point where I feel like for every 1 decent teacher, there are 3 indecent ones... and it makes me feel really uncomfortable. And by indecent, I mean people who don't even enjoy being a teacher, making lesson plans or enjoy the company of children...


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Omg that sucks I had to do that once. I witnessed a minor exchange between a tech and his supervisor and it was just a couple people raising their voices. The administration wanted me to write this whole story about how the tech was gesturing wildly, threatening these people, and a bunch of other made up stuff. This was after he was terminated already- they just wanted to fight to take away his unemployment benefits. It was either I piss off the crazy unemployed tech or I piss off the entire administration. I actually told the administrators that I felt it was enough that he was terminated and I don't feel comfortable going after someone's unemployment benefits.
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That sucks to hear. I've always wondered if the work environment would be less toxic in a non-profit type organization. Guess human nature is human nature.
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"Non-medical people making medical decisions" They're called Insurance companies and HMO's. Don't beat yourself up. Stirring that unethical stew that is already consumed isn't on you, it's on all of us.
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