Wrongful dismissal briefs (May 6, 2002)

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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/29/2002

THE DISHONEST RESUME

The Court held that misrepresentation of one’s qualifications for employment is cause for dismissal. After hiring the plaintiff, the employer determined he did not have the training and ability to do the job that he had claimed to have in his resume and cover letter. The employer fired the plaintiff after five months. The Court held the employer had a right to expect the plaintiff could do what he said in his resume, and his inability to do so gave the employer cause to dismiss him. The plaintiff was not awarded damages.

O’Donnell v. Bourgault Industries Ltd., [2002] S.J. No. 145 (Sask. C.A.)