Lying About Your Education Can Get You Into Trouble In More Ways Than One

by Lee Gesmer on September 15, 2006

Litigation. In Pease v. Tyco Electronics Corp., decided on September 7, 2006, Massachusetts Federal District Court Judge Ponsor dismissed wrongful termination claims by a former employee of Tyco, based on evidence that the employee had lied to Tyco regarding his education (an MBA), and then modified and destroyed files on his computer to cover up his actions during the litigation. Among other things, this case shows how effective forensic examination of a computer can be in litigation, as well as the fact that federal judges simply won’t tolerate this kind of conduct.

Of course, the case also shows that when an employee brings a suit like this he had better make sure that he has no skeletons in the closet.

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