/ Asked by Melanie
I've noticed a few things in the office that seem to be in an ethical grey area. Without going into specifics, I am worried that my boss might be doing something illegal. What do I do? Do I confront him?
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, August 22, 2018
If something looks or feels wrong, say something. If you have a good relationship with your boss and are comfortable talking to him about it, tell him. If you are unsure how he will react if you bring it up, your best option is to notify HR or the Business Conduct Line at your company. Most companies have places you can anonymously submit a concern. Even if it turns out that your boss isn't doing anything unethical, it's better to say something than do nothing.
Answered by Eddie, Hiring Expert at Quest Diagnostics, on Thursday, August 23, 2018
There are two considerations here--company policy and workplace politics. Familiarize yourself with the company policy on reporting unethical/illegal activities by either consulting the employee handbook or human resources. Your company should have a code of ethics. If you go to HR, ask them about the policy, you don't have to go into specifics. 

With that being said, understand that workplace politics can get sticky when you speak up, especially if you confront your boss directly. The other side is you could find out that you're misinterpreting your boss's actions and earn his respect for being a vigilant team member. Whatever you choose to do, act in the best interest of your employer while ensuring that you are legally covered. I hope this helps and that things come to a productive resolution for you and your employer.
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