Misrepresentation on resume and breach of contract not enough for just cause

Salesman misrepresented some of his experience and breached clause in contract but deserved notice of termination after not making any sales
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 11/26/2014

A British Columbia employer did not have just cause to dismiss an employee without notice, even though the employee lied on his resume and had no results while working for the employer, the B.C. Provincial Court has ruled.

In August 2013, David Lura, 61, responded to an advertisement posted by Jazz Forest Products, a softwood professional supplier in Abbotsford, B.C., for a lumber sales representative. Lura provided a resume that stated he had worked for 26 years for another lumber company that gave him “in-depth knowledge of the product, …extensive experience in sales and marketing and customer service and satisfaction.” He also claimed to have good computer skills.