Recruitment and the Law


There was a recent legal case where an advertising agency executive who was made redundant, successfully showed that his former employer had mislead him during the recruitment process about the financial position of the company.

The court ruled in favour of the executive who was paid $245,000 (plus interest) in damages.

It works both ways, of course. It is not uncommon for an applicant to enhance a resume to the point of fiction. Does that mean, when the lies are exposed, the employee can be dismissed irrespective of the terms of their contract?

I talk to lawyer Peter Townsend from Townsends Business & Corporate Lawyers about what you should be wary of as you navigate through the recruitment process. Just how far can you, or should you, gild the lily?

First published on CBS News

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