Lying on a Job Application is Never a Good Option

They say, “The truth shall set you free.” These words of wisdom are accurate when we are talking about someone who has lied on a job application or resume. Yes, the truth may set you free of your employment. Debbie learned this lesson the hard way. She lied about her college education on a job application. She thought employers never check college information or ask to see college degrees. She was incorrect in her thinking and terminated when the truth was exposed eight months later by the HR office. She should have spoken with a well-versed employment attorney before fabricating her job application. She still might have a job.

In the above fictitious story, Lying Debbie is a fictional character. However in real life, people frequently lie or exaggerate the truth on job applications and resumes. Making false statements on a job application can not only lead to termination but also legal consequences when your fabrications are revealed. Many careers have been ruined by lies and deceit. It reveals things about your character that will not impress most employers.

During an employer-employee relationship, both parties have entered into a business relationship or contract based on the information provided in the employee’s application or resume. If the information presented on the application or resume is false, the contract or business relationship is deemed invalid.

Also, when you lie on your application or resume, you may not be able to bring an employment lawsuit against your employer, even if the employer has violated your rights during your employment.  For an example, if your employer discriminated against you and failed to give you a promotion, you may not be able to take legal actions. The employer can say, if he or she had known of your fabrications, they would not have hired you in the first place.  In law, this is sometimes referred to as the “after-acquired evidence” theory. Evidence that supports this theory may include:

  • Making up a college degree or diploma
  • Creating inaccurate statements about education, experience or certifications
  • Not revealing a past felony conviction
  • Not disclosing a past termination that was justified
  • Omitting a former employer from your resume

It is never a good idea to embellish your background and lie on a job application or resume. The work environment can be stressful enough without adding self-induced pressure on yourself to keep your secret. Often you may have to tell more lies to cover up the first lie. Not only will you lose your job if you are found out, but also it will go on your employment record and may affect future job prospects. Honesty is always the best policy.

If your employer (or former employer) has wrongfully terminated you or violated your employment rights, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact the Law Offices of Joseph & Norinsberg. Their lawyers will provide an honest assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of your case. If your case merits going to court, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Joseph & Norinsberg will work diligently to help you find the justice you deserve. Contact the Law Offices of Joseph & Norinsberg at (212) JUSTICE or at info@employeejustice.com for a free initial consultation.

2020-09-14T17:32:54+00:00May 27th, 2016|Miscellaneous|

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