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Have you ever had an employee lie about their qualifications in a job interview?

Posted by on 15 Oct 2014

The Fair Work Commission has ruled that a mechanic who mislead his employer about his qualifications in a job interview was justified in terminating his employment for, among other things, failing to fulfil the inherent requirements of the job.

In the job interview the mechanic told the employer that he did not hold a formal trade qualification, but that he only had six training modules to complete.

After approximately eight months the mechanic asked for a pay increase and at that time the employer enquired about the status of the mechanics’ trade qualification.

The employer subsequently discovered that the mechanic had made no progress with his training and that he had in fact 14 training modules to complete.

See Jaques v The McCarroll Motor Group T/A McCarroll [2014] FWC 5793 (22 August 2014) for more information.

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