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Situation: "I think a coworker is stealing from the company."
How to deal: It's one thing to occasionally pocket pens and Post-it Notes, but accepting gifts from clients when it's against corporate policy or even kickbacks is definitely cause for concern. "You have an obligation to report any unlawful conduct you're aware of," says Glickman. If you don't, you could be held accountable.
Your goal when speaking up: Stay as uninvolved as possible. "Give your boss a few examples of the questionable conduct you've witnessed, but then let her do the rest of the evidence-gathering," she says. "You don't know the whole story, and if it turns out your boss is in on the bad behavior, you could end up being the one who gets fired."
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