Lying on a Resume or Job Application
Have you ever lied on your resume? You might have previously lied on your resume or thought about lying on your resume—you might even currently be thinking about lying on your resume for a new position. Have you also lied or been tempted to lie on a job application?
Regardless of your specific actions towards applying to or getting a new job, you might be curious about what could happen if someone lied on their resume or job application. You might have some of the following questions:
- What are the consequences of lying on a resume or job application?
- Could those who lie on resumes or job applications get fired?
- Do people who lie of resumes or job applications have employment rights?
Without a doubt, there could be many consequences that sprout from lying on a resume or job application. One of the many consequences could include getting fired from the position. If you would like to learn more about what could happen if someone lies of a job application or resume, you must seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Seeking legal assistance and discussing your questions with a knowledgeable employment attorney could ensure that you have answers to all of your questions.
Did you lie on a resume or job application? Are you currently dealing with the consequences of lying on your resume or job application? Have you found yourself needing legal assistance after lying on your job application or resume? If so, you must seek legal assistance with the employment experts at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group as soon as possible.
California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group is an employment law firm dedicated to fighting for the rights of all employees—even those who have placed themselves in disadvantageous situations through their actions. If you lied on your job application or resume and have found yourself needing to sue your employer, you need to contact our law firm. Our experienced employment attorneys at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group will fight for your rights.
Common Resume and Job Application Lies
Although all job applicants should always be honest with their resumes and job applications, a significant number of people continue to lie on their resumes and job applications, potentially setting themselves up for trouble in the future. There are many lies that job seekers could put on the resumes or job applications, most of which include the following:
- Lies concerning education. It is common for job seekers to find the need to lie about their education, including the degrees that they possess and the institutions that they attended.
- Lies concerning dates in employment history. It is common for job seekers to alter the dates of past employment to try and cover up any gaps in employment history.
- Lies concerning prior experience. It is common for job seekers to try to make it seem like they have more experience than they actually have, making them appear more qualified to perform the job to which they are applying.
- Lies concerning skills and accomplishments. It is common for job seekers to try to exaggerate their skills and abilities, making it seem like they are qualified or even overqualified for the job.
Although it is possible for employers to oversee some of these lies, it is very likely that job applicants get away with their lies and get hired. When the employer discovers the lies, however, the employee could be terminated.
The Possibility of Being Terminated
If you lied on your resume or job application, you could be terminated upon your employer discovering the truth. For example, if the job position required a specific degree and at least 2-years of experience in a relevant position but you did not have either (and stated otherwise on your application/resume), you could be terminated—especially since you were really ineligible to perform the job. If your employer terminated you based on the lies on your resume or job application as well as your inadequacy in the position, your termination would have been valid.
Lying on Resumes or Job Applications and Discrimination
When you lie on a resume or job application, you rid yourself of the right to pursue a claim against your employer for infringing on your rights as an employee. What does it mean to lose your employment rights? Consider the following hypothetical scenarios:
- Your employer discriminates you based on your race and gender.
- Your employer refuses to give you a raise or a promotion because of your ethnicity or sexual orientation.
- Your employer terminates you based on a discriminatory reason.
If you were subject to any of the hypothetical scenarios above, you could have grounds to pursue an employment claim against your employer. However, when the lies on your job application or resume are discovered, you are likely to lose your right to pursue an employment claim and exercise your rights in the workplace.
The loss of your employment rights is based on the proof that your employer would not have hired you if your resume or job application had been truthful. This is the “after-acquired evidence” theory. This theory can result in employers being able to escape all liability for employment cases based on workplace discrimination. To escape liability under the after-acquired evidence” theory, employers must prove that the lies on the resumes and/or job applications would have been enough to terminate the employee had the employer been aware of such lies.
Employees that Lie Could Still Sue
Although it could be very difficult to successfully sue an employer if you previously lied on a resume or job application, doing so is not impossible. As aforementioned, employers have to prove that they would have terminated the employee had they been aware of their lies. However, proving that could be complicated for employers if they do not have enough evidence or competent legal representation. Therefore, it is essential that employees hire legal counsel that can effectively handle cases against employers—even if the claimant put him or herself at a disadvantage by lying on a resume or job application.
You have the right to sue even if you lied on your resume or job application. Because this could be a difficult process, it is essential that you seek competent legal guidance. Because you lied on your resume or job application, you must also be aware that it is likely that the award that you are eligible to receive is much less than what you could have received had you not lied. If you would like to learn more about your right to file an employment claim even after you lied on your resume or job application, you must seek legal assistance as soon as possible.
Seek Legal Assistance with California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group
You might have found yourself in an unfortunate situation in your workplace that could be grounds to pursue a lawsuit against your employer. Although you might have the right to sue and receive compensation, the fact that you lied on your resume or job application to get the job could hinder your ability to pursue a successful employment claim against the employer that treated you unfavorably based on protected personal characteristics or employment rights. It could be difficult to pursue a claim, but it is not impossible. You must seek legal assistance with the experts at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group at your earliest convenience.
Our employment law firm offers both free consultations and free second opinions. During our free consultations and free second opinions, our employment attorneys will answer all your questions and address all your concerns, providing you with all the information that you need to begin or continue your claim against your employer. Our free consultations are designed for those who are interested in beginning their claims, and our free second opinions are designed for those who need their claims to be redirected. If your claim has been previously affected by the incompetence of an attorney that you mistakenly allowed to handle your claim, you could be certain that our free second opinions will provide your claim with the redirection necessary to reach a successful outcome. Whether you are interested in a free consultation or a free second opinion, you must contact our attorneys at your earliest convenience.
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