How to deal with a lying boss: don't

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Q. I’m a salesperson who changed jobs six months ago. While interviewing with the manager—now my boss—she mentioned the annual sales volume that her unit was doing. A month after I started here, I learned that the actual sales volume was around one-tenth of what she had said. Another claim she made repeatedly during the interview process was that the key to her unit’s success was teamwork. But when I asked her to free up an aide’s time to help me enter account information into our system, she said I would need to fill out a lengthy report before she could consider my request. I now question my boss’s motives and hidden agendas. Do I call this career move a mistake and get out? If I leave, do I use her misrepresentation of department revenues as leverage to get out of my no-compete contract?

A. Quit. Now. It sounds like your boss clearly misrepresented at least one key fact to you. “A false statement that caused a party to enter into a contract can be grounds to rescind that contract,” said David Wachtel, an employment attorney with Rose & Rose, P.C., in Washington, D.C. “The legal principle is ‘fraudulent inducement.’ You would have to show that you relied on the misrepresentation (i.e, that you would not have taken the job if you had known the truth). You also would have to show that the statement was false, but you would not necessarily have to show that the manager lied intentionally.” Contract law may vary by state, so consult an attorney if you want to challenge your contract.

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