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Each week, The Ethics Centre’s executive director Dr Simon Longstaff will be answering your ethics questions. This week:

My employer sent me a questionnaire designed to test if my home working environment meets basic standards. If I’d answered truthfully I would have 'failed' the test. But what’s the point in telling the truth when I have to work at home in any case? Was it wrong to lie on the form?

Although this ethical issue seems to fall on you -- as the person receiving the survey -- it actually starts with your employer’s decision to request this information in the first place.