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What you are describing is the well known  chain of command vs professional ethics problem.  With very rare exception (the kind you read about in ENR), its a nowin situation.

Lacking any better suggestions, contact an attorney for guidence.  Look for one who has some knowledge of ethics.  When you find a solution, please let us know.

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From: David Gorton <david(--nospam--at)jl-architecture.com>
Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2002 15:46:10 -0800
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Ethic's Question


> I would like to hear some feed back from some fellow engineers
> concerning a possible ethical problem that I have encountered with my
> present employer.  My engineering design of some wood shearwalls was
> changed on the field by my employer, who is an Architect.  I have
> informed him that I do not agree with the changes that he has made, and
> that they do not follow the current UBC code.  While I did perform the
> structural design, he stamped the drawings. (I am not registered to
> practice engineering in the state in which the building is being
> constructed)
>
> My employer is now requesting me to perform another inspection on the
> shearwalls to verify what he changed is performed to his instructions.
> My question is, do I have an ethical responsibility to report what I see
> as not being constructed to code, or should I perform my duties as a
> company representative and just verify that the changes are constructed
> to his requirements?
>
> I have informed my employer of my dilemma, but was given only one
> option, do my job as a representative of the firm.
>
> Your inputs and thoughts on this matter are greatly appreciated.
>
> David Gorton, PE
>
>
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