February 27, 2012 |
The rich really are different from the rest of us, scientists have found — they are more apt to commit unethical acts because they are more motivated by greed. People driving expensive cars were more likely than other motorists to cut off drivers and pedestrians at a four-way-stop intersection in the San Francisco Bay Area, UC Berkeley researchers observed. Those findings led to a series of experiments that revealed that people of higher socioeconomic status were also more likely to cheat to win a prize, take candy from children and say they would pocket extra change handed to them in error rather than give it back.
June 29, 2012 |
The Transportation Security Administration is firing eight federal air marshals for drinking on the job, and suspending six more for failing to report the incident. The 14 marshals, who work out of the New York field office, were notified Friday and asked to turn in their weapons and credentials, TSA officials said. One probationary employee was terminated immediately. The rest can appeal. Federal air marshals are armed, nonuniformed officers who fly on commercial flights to protect travelers.
December 11, 2012 |
Police arrested the top official in the Cayman Islands on Tuesday morning on suspicion of corruption, including abuse of office, theft and conflict of interest, the latest chapter in an ongoing investigation in the British territory famed as both a tax haven and a Caribbean idyll. Premier McKeeva Bush, 57, was taken into custody at his home on Grand Cayman island, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said in a brief statement. The Cayman Islands premier was detained “in connection with a number of ongoing police investigations,” it said, including allegations tied to misusing a government credit card and importing explosive substances without the proper permits.
January 6, 2012 |
More employees than ever before turned whistleblower against unethical behavior last year, but they also suffered the highest amount of backlash in history from their bosses. Nearly half of all workers witnessed some sort of misconduct, according to a report from research group Ethics Resource Center . Of those, 65% reported the wrongdoing - a record number. Also at an all-time high: the 22% of whistleblowers who said their companies struck back at them for spilling the beans. Companies tend to act differently in uncertain economic times, taking more risks as the business environment improves, according to the ERC. More than four in 10 survey participants said their businesses have a weak ethical culture - the highest percentage in a decade.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2001
Re "Garofalo Wants City to Pay His Legal Fees," June 3: Neither Huntington Beach City Councilman Dave Garofalo nor his attorney seems to have a passing acquaintance with basic ethical concepts. Conducting oneself ethically includes avoiding all that might give even the appearance of conflict. To claim that he did not actually profit from his conduct is no defense whatsoever. His attorney asks where we will get public service candidates when they see what "happened" to his client, that is, being held accountable for unethical behavior.
March 31, 2009
Re "State consumer chief quits amid cost questions," March 28 Which criminal is more blatant, the one who burglarizes in broad daylight or the public official who fleeces the taxpayer under the cover of "expenses"? Carrie Lopez, the now-resigned director of the California Department of Consumer Affairs, should be facing criminal charges for stealing. This sort of behavior only escalates when there are no consequences for unethical behavior. Keep digging, Times, until you have unearthed every one of these officials who find it so easy to dip into the public trough to satisfy their greed.