Suppose you find out that your employer is doing something illegal – how do you deal with it?

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Anonymous A asked on Oct 06, 2019

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Daniel
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replied on Mar 24, 2020
McKinsey / ex-Interviewer at McKinsey / I will coach you to rock those interviews

McKinsey has recently started to test moral integrity of the candidates in the second round of the interviews – reach out to me if you want to know more.

Regarding this particular question – that's a question to test your moral integrity vs loyalty to your employer – it goes without saying, the former is more important than the latter, but I would construct a multiple step answer:

  • Firstly, you should address the issue with your employer right away – maybe your employer doesn’t know that they are doing something illegal. So, talk about it openly with your boss – do not avoid responsibility (if your employer is doing something illegal, you as an extension of your company are also doing something illegal);
  • Secondly, offer help to sort it out – help your employer to stop illegal activities;
  • Lastly, if you see that the issue continues, go to the boss of your boss and address it;
  • As a last resort, if this also doesn’t help – go public / to a police / a controlling body who is supervising your employer.

Best,
Daniel

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Javier
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replied on Jul 10, 2022

Report to IC. If this is not feasible/effective, go to authorities.

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Anonymous H replied on Apr 27, 2022

Kommt drauf an, wie das Ausmaß des verbotenen ist. Zunächst den Arbeitgeber oder Kollegen besprechen und dann über nächste Schritte beraten.

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Sebastiano replied on Apr 05, 2022

I will sue him

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Anonymous G replied on Mar 22, 2022

Do research, confirm is illegal with lawyer, report

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Anonymous F replied on Jan 25, 2022

Approach boss directly to talk about the observation and to find out if it's really true.

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Gee Gee replied on Oct 21, 2021

report

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Rochelle replied on Oct 21, 2021

I suppose it depends on who it is affecting. If someone was going to be hurt by it, or if it put me in jeopardy, I would be keeping record and confront them about the activity and how it is affecting others. If it was still happening, I would likely find a different job.

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Anonymous E replied on Oct 10, 2021

If presented with this current situation, I would bring the issue to HR after gathering all information about the case.

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Anonymous D replied on Oct 06, 2021

Discuss the issue with the employer. Help finding solutions. Report the issue to higher positions/ compliance office.

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Anonymous C updated the answer on Sep 15, 2021

I would reach Compliance Dept.

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Antoine replied on Oct 07, 2020

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Clara
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replied on Sep 30, 2020
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut

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Anonymous replied on Apr 29, 2020

Hi A,

If you ever figure out that your employer is doing something illegal then you can either file for compliance case within the company . Also, you can still take your responsibility and do the action. If you don't take any action you comply with this, otherwise you can simply quit it.

Best,

André

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Anonymous B replied on Apr 17, 2020

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