Tuesday, February 18, 2014
So you lied on your job application...
Like the title says, so you lied on your job application. Under normal circumstances, this may not be that big of a deal. After all, whats a little white lie on a job application? Maybe you added a few years of work experience on your resume, made bogus claims about your education or even made up a job to fill in long spells of unemployment. No biggie, right? How about lying about past problems with the law? I can understand why people would be reluctant about disclosing prior arrests and convictions, after all, as an employer, I certainly wouldn't want to hire someone with a questionable past.
So what if you have had past brushes with the law? I guess if you lie on your employment application, you run the risk of the prospective employer checking your background, maybe you get lucky and they don't and perhaps you get the job? That may work for some, but what if the job you want is in law enforcement? Shouldn't you disclose everything about your past, even if it involves an arrest and a conviction? After all, if you want to be a cop, isn't it a prerequisite for a cop to at the very least be honest, especially on an employment application?
Here's what were getting at, take a look at this screen shot of a particular detective's employment application (click on the image to enlarge)...
Now, clearly where it says "Have you ever been arrested, convicted, or plead no contest to any violations of the law, police regulation, ordinance, traffic violations which resulted in fines or(sic) of more than $100.00?" the applicant checked off "NO". What we're going to find over the next several days is that indeed the individual who filled out this employment application was indeed arrested, convicted and plead to a violation of the law. Furthermore, the individual who filled this application out was subsequently hired and made a detective.
Now, you all tell me, how can any of the cases that this fellow put together during his career or any of the testimony he may have given for those cases be worth a shit when he perjured himself at the very get go when filling out his employment application? This situation seems like a steaming pile of shit to me. Even worse, if I were a defendant in a case put together by this fellow, I'd want my attorney to know about this situation with his employment application as it shows that from the very beginning of his career, the subject cop was dishonest.