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The Consequences of Lying During the Hiring Process

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Desperate times call for desperate measures, and unfortunately this means that some people will do anything they can to get a decent job these days. FindLaw states that many job applicants will try to increase their chances of getting a job by embellishing their resumes or lying about their experience and credentials. However, it's important to know that this is a very risky move and can ultimately lead to negative consequences.

The most obvious reason not to lie in the job application process is because you could be fired. If you lied about something relevant to to the job, such as receiving a college degree or having particular skills, then an employer has the right to fire you for it. A termination like this can become the black sheep when you're job hunting, as it can leave a negative mark on your record.

FindLaw also states that the courts have generally found that employees who lied to get a job cannot later come to court and claim the employer did them wrong. So if an employer violates your legal rights, you could end up losing your case when you decide to sue, if the employer can show that it wouldn't have hired you had it known of your lies. This type of legal defense tactic among employers is known to Houston employment lawyers as the "after-acquired evidence" theory.

Keep in mind, that an employer can usually only use the after-acquired evidence defense effectively if the employer can show that you would have not been hired had he or she known the truth.

Related Resources:

  • Legal Rights During the Hiring Process (FindLaw)
  • Getting Hired: Legal Do's and Don'ts (FindLaw)
  • Find Houston Employment Lawyers (FindLaw)

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