How to Build a Workplace That Celebrates Differences

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Part II My Workplace Ethics Advice blog this past Monday addressed the issue of sexual harassment at Uber. The harassment case lodged by former engineer, Susan Fowler, was indicative of a workplace that gives lip service to the issues of equity, diversity and inclusion. In this... Read more →


Eminent Domain and Google’s Proposed Campus in San Jose

Applying the Takings Clause of the U.S. Constitution The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: “No person shall be deprived…of property without due process of law.” The Amendment includes a provision known as the “Takings Clause,” which states that private property [shall not] be taken for public use, without... Read more →


American Exceptionalism Ethically Challenged

Is America Still a "Shining City Upon a Hill?" The question is whether American Exceptionalism is alive and well in 2017 as it was when the country was formed in 1776. I did blog about this several years ago and believe the time is right to revisit the issue. In... Read more →


Tax Reform Lacks a Heart, Soul, and Common Sense

Seeking Out the Unintended Consequences of Tax Reform The tax reform bills working their way through the House and Senate are unfair and ill-thought-out on many levels. The extent to which Republicans are trying to defend it speaks volumes about the public’s hesitancy to believe anything these politicians claim about... Read more →


The Coming of Age of Ethics Education

Educating the Mind as Well as the Heart and Soul of College Students It’s time to shake things up in our attempt to teach ethics to college students. The old ways do not work well. The days of lecturing ad nauseam about the philosophy of ethics is gone. Let’s face... Read more →


Follow Ethics Sage on bepress

Published Research Papers by Steven Mintz You can now follow my academic published papers on bepress. These include articles on the philosophy of ethics, ethics in business, ethics in accounting and higher education ethics. Read more →


Why Sexual Harassment Training Doesn’t Work

The Cosby Effect Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, Roger Ailes, and Bill O’Reilly. No, these are not the Oscar winners for 2017. Instead, each of these high-profile men in the media have been accused of sexual harassment by a number of women. Why are so many coming out now... Read more →


Regulatory and Ethical Issues for the Cannabis Industry

Most Americans Support Legalization of Pot Most Americans believe marijuana should be allowed for medical purposes, with a majority of the states passing such laws. However, only eight states and D.C. have passed laws permitting its use for recreational purposes. The numbers are likely to grow given the results of... Read more →


Can Ethics Be Legislated in Accounting?

What does the "Public Interest" in Accounting Mean? The following blog was first posted by the Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association in its newsletter on October 14, 2017. Government regulations, whistleblower protections, GAAP reporting standards, and internal control requirements are meaningless and not worth the paper they... Read more →