Lies, damned lies and resumes

Lying on a resume can be grounds for dismissing an employee
By Natalie C. MacDonald
|Canadian Employment Law Today

It’s an unfortunate fact of the hiring process: in an effort to look as good as possible on paper, some people lie on their resumes.

Equally unfortunate is that many employers do not discover these misrepresentations until after the employee is hired. Some employers are under the impression there is nothing that can be done after the fact, but this is simply not true given that a material misrepresentation is just cause for dismissal.

The Supreme Court of Canada has made clear that dishonesty is not always just cause for dismissal. If that one act of dishonesty demonstrates the person is untrustworthy or dishonest, as opposed to showing a mere error in judgment, it may be grounds for dismissal.