Dishonest employees raise trust issues

Employers often treat lying about misconduct more seriously than the misconduct itself
By Christine Thomlinson
|Canadian Employment Law Today

The resignation of British Lord John Browne, the head of BP Group, after he admitted he had been untruthful about the origins of a personal relationship demonstrated the prevalence of employees lying to their employers. Despite an internal investigation which concluded there had been no improper conduct relating to the company, Browne reportedly sacrificed $7.3 million in retirement benefits because he chose to be dishonest to his employer about it.

Recently, Paul Wolfowitz, head of the World Bank, resigned after an internal panel tasked with investigating the lucrative pay and promotion package he arranged for his girlfriend found him guilty of breaking bank rules. The committee also found Wolfowitz had tried to hide the package from top ethics and legal officials within the bank.

Such examples of dishonesty in business are not unique. In the Canadian case