What happens to a person who lied on an application and said that they graduated but they didn’t, yet got the job and has been working there for 20 years?

I led about graduating for employment.

Asked on August 28, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Louisiana


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

To begin with, you can be fired for cause--that's not to say that they will, after 20 years, but they can. They could, of course, fire you no matter what if you don't have a written employment contract, since then you'd be an "employee at will," and employees at will may be terminated at any time, for any reason; but lying about a diploma would be grounds for firing for cause (no unemployment) even if you had a contract.
In theory, if the lie costs the employer money--e.g. a client or customer finds out and that causes them to stop doing business, because they required or had been told than anyone who did work for  them had graduated high school--the employer could sue you for the money the lie cost them.

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