I recently traveled to Colorado for a company project, and a colleague (whom I will call Lee) joined me 2 days after my arrival. To save company money, we decided to share my rental car. I flew back Thursday, leaving the car with Lee, who finished Friday.
The next week, I requested the car rental receipts from Lee so that I could file for travel expense reimbursement. Lee had returned the car Sunday night so he could use it over the weekend for personal matters. Company policy doesn’t permit reimbursement for personal expenses, but Lee insisted that I file the claim. This was clearly wrong, but I was afraid of retaliation, because Lee held a higher rank in the company.
I ended up filing an expense claim that included the weekend but reported this to my boss. I still see Lee and his manager at work, but to my knowledge the company has never taken action on the false expense report, even though it claims to view such infractions very seriously.
My ethical dilemma is whether I should report the matter to Human Resources, or assume that I did my part by reporting to my boss.
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