I haven't posted on these boards for a while, but I do listen to the podcasts. I appreciate them being OK with getting fired for ethics issues. I volunteer on a board in my town, and we're getting dissolved for speaking about an ethical issue. As I have posted a long time ago, I work in research and development for a pharmaceutical company.
Without getting too detailed, we deal with health and safety issues. The town has been cutting costs by changing contracts, but in doing so, increasing risks. Contract negotiations are secret until they come to a public meeting, and they do so in a very fast way. People who find problems with the cheaper services are being shouted down, and hospital and incident reports are being discounted as false (in public meetings, caught on video). Because we spoke up, our group is being disbanded by the governing body. It's really one person, but his two puppets always vote his way on everything.
I led a huge PR effort. We got 12 newspaper articles written in 3 papers in 2 months. We've gotten residents writing letters, putting signs on their lawn. We armed everyone with the right data. And tomorrow they will have their vote and will be no more. But at least we let everyone know, we let the state know, and perhaps it will have an effect in November. It also helps me appreciate my employer more -- perhaps they don't give me the pats on the back I want, but at least they are all about data. Local politics are very messy, and something I hope to never have to deal with again. Listening to the ethics podcast did at least help me feel good about it.