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.
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.
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.
October 3, 2005
Re "DeLay Helped Cement GOP Ties to Lobbyists," Sept. 30 If you look at the last century's American political scandals, you have to conclude that nobody does corruption like the Republicans when they gain power. The Democrats do their best to keep up, but they never really come close to being as sleazy. People forget how awful the scandals of both Reagan's and Nixon's second terms were. Whatever makes them do it, for some reason sooner or later the GOP raincoat always pops open and we get flashed.
August 16, 2002
I am glad someone is addressing the interests of those who must relinquish their trial rights in order to obtain employment or to receive medical or other essential services ("The Justice-at-a-Price Guys Take Aim at Arbitration," Commentary, Aug. 13). Representing myself in an employment-related arbitration was disastrous: The arbitrator clearly was biased in favor of the employer, who by law was solely responsible for paying his extravagant fee and who also probably can be counted on to provide repeat business--as long as the employer receives favorable treatment in such proceedings.
June 1, 2002
As a writer with a law degree who has done extensive research on the failure of medical insurance companies to reimburse doctors, I sympathize with the backers of legislation that would make it harder for insurance companies to bounce claims back and forth and leave them unpaid ("HMOs to Face Payment Pressure," May 26). However, legislation preventing such behavior already is on the books in California, including the requirement of prompt handling of claims. These laws routinely are ignored by insurance companies, which manipulated the federal government into passing legislation that deprives doctors and patients of the ability to hit these companies in the pocketbook with lawsuits for breach of contract and fraud.