What Are The Legal Ramifications Of Lying On A Job Application?

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Applicants try to create so many falsehoods on job applications: ranging from dates of employment, the correct name of the employer, and sometimes the qualifications listed on the form. Some people don't realize that lying on a job application (even just "stretching" the truth a little) can have legal ramifications. Continue reading to learn more about what could happen if you or anyone you knows falsifies information on a job application.

The Application, Disclaimer, and Collection of Information

Many employers have applications that contain a clear disclaimer in the application that states if any information provided is not correctly reported, the result could be termination. This is usually near the signature line. Other employers use a statement of accuracy on the application that may be required to submit the application.

Applicants may be required to consent to an authorized investigation to all statements they provide during the application process. A company may make requests to authorize the release of records about educational background, employment history, police records, or military service.

Consequences of Lying on a Job Application:

  • The embarrassment
  • Damage to your ability to succeed due to a damaged reputation
  • Getting a job that you aren't able to do
  • One lie may lead to an entire set of lies
  • Job loss
  • Lawsuit

Getting hired for a new job is supposed to be a happy time but falsified information can open the door to a bad future. Your accreditation is gone as well as self-esteem. This creates an image of a dishonest employee and one that may follow you in future resumes. An applicant that has lied and gotten fired cannot retaliate by filing for wrongful discrimination or termination in most cases.

Believe it or not, some websites offer professional services for providing fake professional references. The references will verify the employment records (falsified), and claim the applicant as a past worker at the company. In some cases, the person will state the business was dissolved.

Some research was done by a legal investigator on the topic, and it was decided employers realize employees will lie and take the risk of being caught. Studies also indicated up to 35% of employee's resumes have some type of past employment discrepancies.

Even if you managed to lie and get the job, you need to consult an attorney, such as Sproule Gordon. Be honest about your situation and find out what your options are and how much trouble you could face.  


7 December 2015