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Lying may mean no unemployment compensation

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in Compensation and Benefits,Firing,Human Resources

Employees who lie when confronted about wrongdoing are ineligible for unemployment compensation benefits—at least if the lie concerned something about which the employer could reasonably expect the truth.

Recent case: Abdikadir Yusuf worked for a car rental company cleaning vehicles. Yusuf damaged a car when he drove it into the service area and scraped the side and mirror. He threw the mirror in the trash and didn’t report the damage.

When confronted later, he denied damaging the car. Others said they saw his accident, and video surveillance tapes revealed the truth. He was fired for dishonesty and applied for unemployment benefits.

The court said he wasn’t eligible because his lie amounted to misconduct. Employers have the right to expect honesty when asking about damage. (Yusuf v. AB Car Rental, No. A11-45, Court of Appeals of Min­ne­sota, 2011)

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