An employee lied on their resume, what can I do?

Updated: Jun 6

So, you hire an employee and down the track you find out they lied on their resume. What can you do about it?


The truth is resume fraud is not uncommon, and it can vary from white lies to more serious misrepresentation. The actions you may consider, will depend on your individual situation and potential ramifications to your business.


We have put together some basic information below, including preventative steps.



What can you do?

If you find out that an employee lied on their resume, you can undertake disciplinary measures in most cases. You may consider leave without pay while the matter is investigated or take steps to terminate their employment. In serious cases, fraud can lead to imprisonment.


If you find yourself in a situation where an employee who has lied on their resume, speaking with a lawyer can help. Firstly, they can help you navigate the legal complexities of the situation. In the event you terminate the employee, they can also help ensure you comply with employment legislation and avoid an unfair dismissal claim.



How can I prevent resume fraud from happening?

There are a number of measures you can put in place to discourage or detect potential resume fraud.


  • Complete your due diligence during the recruitment process:

  • Reference and background checks.

  • Cross-check resume claims with applicant social media accounts such as LinkedIn and Facebook, which may also list employment history and qualifications.

  • Look up references to ensure they are a true representation of the information provided and consider phoning businesses on publicly available numbers, rather than a mobile provided by the applicant.

  • Request potential employees sign a disclaimer during the application process, confirming they have provided true and correct information.



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