Lies about legal troubles justify termination (Legal view)

Worker who defrauded government fired for lying to employer about criminal charges
By Jefffrey R. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/28/2012

An Ontario government worker who lied twice to his employer about his criminal charges does not deserve to be reinstated, an arbitrator has ruled.

The worker was employed by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) as an auditor until January 2005. He was charged later that year with fraud, breach of trust and impersonating taxpayers.

While the police investigation was underway, the worker applied for an enforcement service representative position at the Ontario government’s Family Responsibility Office (FRO). Normally, a successful hire for the job would be subject to a criminal records check but the worker was only offered a six-month contract and did not undergo the check. He began work in March 2006.