Money-Back Guarantee

June 24, 2014, by

Q. A mail order clothing company promises: “If you are not completely satisfied with any item you buy from us, at any time during your use of it, return it and we will refund your full purchase price.” Can I return items that are no longer wearable because of normal conditions such as stains and […]

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Kicking Back Kickbacks

June 24, 2014, by

Q. I’m a professional photographer. Photographing kids’ sports teams is good business, because parents are always eager to buy the pictures. But it’s impossible to get hired for these jobs without paying kickbacks to the coach. Can I make these payments, or do I have to give up on this lucrative business?  A. In public […]

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Phony Collect Calls

June 24, 2014, by

Q. Sometimes when I have to call a friend or relative for a ride I find myself without change. So I call the operator and ask to make a collect call, and the name I give is a code. Like if I say that Luigi is calling, it means pick me up from the pizzeria, […]

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You’re Fired

June 24, 2014, by

Q. A few months ago I hired a woman who is a very nice, very good person, but just hasn’t mastered the work. She costs me more than she is worth. Now that business has slowed, can I take this opportunity to “trim the workforce” and lay her off? A. It is generally ethical to […]

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Marketing Lite Doctorates

June 24, 2014, by

Q. I’m a recruiter for a local college which gives non-accredited degrees based on our courses, standard exams, and life experience evaluations. Our students are informed that our bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees are not recognized, but I am concerned that graduates may be using these degrees to deceive their own employers or clients. Do […]

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Bank Error in Your Favor-Collect $200

June 24, 2014, by

Q. Sometimes a customer makes an error and overpays. Do I have to let him know? What if he owes me money too because of merchandise he never paid for? A. Monopoly fans who recognize the “Community Chest” card in the headline of this column know that some players don’t see anything wrong with profiting […]

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I Quit

June 24, 2014, by

Q. I’ve decided to leave my current job to work in a different field. If I leave my boss only two weeks notice, as the contract requires, he’ll be in a really tight spot. But I’m afraid that if I let him know too far in advance, I’ll get less out of work.  A. A […]

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Downsizing Dilemmas

June 24, 2014, by

Q. If my job is to help increase the profitability of a company, should I try to find ways to restructure the company so as to get by with the fewest number of employees? Should I be trying to fire as many people as possible, or just enough to make the company reasonably profitable?  A. […]

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Taking a Chance on Gambling

June 24, 2014, by

Q. Our youth group is always looking for sustainable sources of funding. In our city, non-profit organizations are allowed to host gambling activities on a limited basis. Is this an ethical way of raising money for a worthy cause?  A. Many religious organizations have learned that games like bingo can be a big help in […]

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Is Cheers Ethical

June 24, 2014, by

Q. Is it okay to be a proprietor of bar or pub? Can I put in poker machines too?  A. A look at some distinctive Jewish names may give us a hint to Judaism’s attitude towards this line of business. Common names like Schenker (bartender), Kretschmer (tavern keeper), Bronfman (whiskey seller), Breuer (brewer) and others […]

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