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Q: We have an employee in our sales department who stated on his application form that he has GCSEs in English and Maths. We have subsequently discovered that he failed English. Can we fire him for dishonesty?
A: If he has less than one year’s service you can dismiss him quite easily but this might be seen as an over-reaction. Many people feel quite at ease telling a little white lie if they believe it will do no harm. And that really is the point. Does it matter? Judge the person’s performance in the job. Is his use of English up to it? If not, discipline him. You should not condone dishonesty and it is understandable if you treat your employee with suspicion, but if his use of English is satisfactory I would take no action against him.
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