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Steven Mintz
United States
I'm a speaker and consultant on ethics issues and author of a book, Beyond Happiness and Meaning: Transforming Your Life Through Ethical Behavior.
Interests: Reading, writing, blogging, ethics advice, traveling, eating, sports
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Discrimination against women in the workplace is when an employer treats a female employee less favorably than the employer would a male employee specifically because of the employee's gender. Today’s blog is designed to provide workplace advice to those who fall victim to workplace discrimination. Key Federal Laws Prohibiting Gender... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Workplace Ethics Advice
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You Are What You Tweet I like the expression “You Are What You Tweet” because it addresses proper behavior on social media. Let’s face it, some people use Twitter to vent, call out others they might disagree with, cancel others whose behaviors are offensive to some person or group, or... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Ethics Sage
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My Ethical Dilemma I have previously blogged about whether we should expect ethics professors to be ethical. In reading up on this issue, I found an interesting study on why ethics professors don’t behave better. The results made me worry about what might be happening to ethicists and whether they... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2020 at Ethics Sage
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Workplace Ethics Advice The following was submitted by Myrah Abrar as a guest blog. In the past few years, the work culture has drastically changed, and organizations are actively working towards improving their work environment. Employee preferences have changed; they expect their employers to provide flexibility, openness, and comfort in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2020 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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What are the Ethical Dangers? I recently read a study dealing with dating in the workplace by Zeta: Dating Coworkers in Numbers: 2020 Study. Dating in the workplace is fraught with danger because of potential conflicts of interest when one party has to make decisions that affect the other. Will... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2020 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Cyber-Attacks and Voter Fraud Likely to Occur I recently read an alarming report about the possibility of cyber-attacks in the upcoming election. According to the report, U.S. authorities have said that hackers could slow -- but not prevent -- voting and vote-counting in the November 3 election, adding to the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2020 at Ethics Sage
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A Note About Moral Responsibility I have been wondering whether professors like myself, who are known as ethicists, behave any differently than non-ethicists. After all, if we do not then perhaps we’re not the experts in ethics that we pretend to be. If this is true, what might be the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2020 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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Our Disconnected Society You may be familiar with the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan: A man from the ancient city of Samaria sees another man lying in the road. Many people ignored the man and pass him by; but the Samaritan stops to help him. He followed The Golden... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2020 at Ethics Sage
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Promoting EDI in the Workplace In the modern era where technology has taken over, and distances have been reduced due to globalization, workspaces are more open towards cultural diversity. To promote equal opportunity, companies are now including a diversified range of people to work with them and help them grow.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2020 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Building an Ethical Workplace Environment By Victoria Delgadillo, September 30, 2020 The following guest blog was written by Victoria Delgadillo, a student at Pepperdine University. The Broken Window Theory has recently been applied to enhance organizational culture in the workplace. It holds that a company should take care of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2020 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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The Scope of Personal Responsibility It always intrigues me that the discussion of the coronavirus typically focuses on wearing masks because it is the responsible way to act and protect the public. No doubt, this is true. However, it misses out on many points about ethical behavior during the pandemic.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2020 at Ethics Sage
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Partisanship Rules Out Over Integrity The late John Lewis said: “When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something, you have to do something.” This is my motivation for speaking out on the Republicans’ decision to go... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2020 at Ethics Sage
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Working From Home During the Pandemic By Laiken Shaw, September 20, 2020 The following guest blog was written by Laiken Shaw, a student at Pepperdine University I am sure there is no need for me to explain that the coronavirus pandemic has taken a hard toll on businesses everywhere. With... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2020 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Fraud: Behavioral Attributes and Detection No one can deny that fraud is increasing in organizations. Most recently, there have been multiple disclosures of fraud in the government's loan program that is designed to help small businesses navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals who are engaged in occupational fraud schemes often... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2020 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Do the Ends Justify the Means? By now everyone should know that Bob Woodward’s book Rage, recalls phone conversations with President Trump about his reactions to the coronavirus back in February. Many questions have been raised ever since about his motivation in leaking some of those conversations on September 9,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2020 at Ethics Sage
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A Cost-Benefit Analysis I recently read an article in the Harvard Business Review about a study of the relationship between the university rank and performance of graduates. The students came from 294 universities that ranked from Top 10 to about top 20,000 in the Webometrics global university rankings that rank... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2020 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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Doing Good By Being Good What’s missing from our society today is doing good things for others by being an ethical person. Take wearing a mask in public. This is a sign of a good person who cares about their fellow citizens and wears a mask to protect them. If... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2020 at Ethics Sage
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The Big Hustle Theranos was a privately held health corporation that was touted as a breakthrough technology company. It claimed to having devised blood tests that required only exceedingly small amounts of blood and could be performed very rapidly using small automated devices the company had developed. However, the claims... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2020 at Ethics Sage
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The Next Evolution in CSR Conscious capitalism is a relatively new concept but a natural part of the evolution of what it means to have corporate social responsibility (CSR). Corporations need to embrace conscious capitalism if they want to be relevant as an engine for economic growth. The main difference... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2020 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Weighing the Costs and Benefits We all know the risks to the health and safety of college football players if the season goes on in the midst of the coronavirus. But it’s more than just their physical health at stake. For some, cancelling the season, as has been done in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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Analyzing Motives for Behavior What motivates a parent to bribe key people to get their kid admitted to a prestigious university? That is the ethical question of “Operation Varsity Blues.” In March 2019, the story broke of an alarming fraudulent scheme by parents to pay off middleman, William “Rick” Singer,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2020 at Ethics Sage
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Why Was the Board of Directors Asleep at the Wheel? McDonald’s is suing its former CEO Steve Easterbrook after an investigation found he had a short-term, consensual relationship with an employee over text and video. It also found three additional relationships with employees that were sexual in nature, including the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2020 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Empathy and Compassion is Not His Thing If there is one conclusion we can draw from our experience with the COVID-19 pandemic it is that in President Trump has little empathy or compassion for others unless they support his position and his words 100%. He does not act in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2020 at Ethics Sage
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Workplace Ethics and Doing the Right Thing I have blogged before about why good people sometimes do bad things in the workplace. Otherwise ethical people make the wrong turn or are influenced by others that are ethically-challenged. Perhaps people take the easy way out and don’t stand up for what... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2020 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Venting on Social Media The right to free speech is guaranteed in our Constitution. However, social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and others can limit, control, and censor speech. Federal law does not offer much recourse for social media users who object to whether and how these companies present... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2020 at Ethics Sage