December 21, 2010

Employee may be terminated on the grounds that he or she make a material false statement of his or her application for employment

Employee may be terminated on the grounds that he or she make a material false statement of his or her application for employment
Matter of Walsh v Kelly, 2010 NY Slip Op 09346, Decided on December 16, 2010,* Appellate Division, First Department

New York City Civil Service Commission, after a hearing, affirmed the determination of the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services to disqualify and terminate Gary Walsh as a New York City police officer.

The basis for the Department’s action, Walsh had omitted and falsified pertinent facts about his background in his application for employment.

The Appellate Division said that the determination to terminate Walsh’s employment was “rationally supported by testimony and documents adduced at the hearing” showing that Walsh had concealed that he had been a suspect in a criminal homicide while in the army and had associated with members of a gang that had committed a homicide.

Civil Service Law §50.4 provides, in pertinent part, the “The state civil service department and municipal commissions may refuse to examine an applicant, or after examination to certify an eligible:

(f) who has intentionally made a false statement of any material fact in his application; or

(g) who has practiced, or attempted to practice, any deception or fraud in his application, in his examination, or in securing his eligibility or appointment ….”

* The hearing before the Civil Service Commission was not mandated by law and, therefore, the proceeding was improperly transferred to the Appellate Division which, nevertheless, elected to decide the matter on the merits.”

The decision is posted on the Internet at:
http://www.courts.state.ny.us/reporter/3dseries/2010/2010_09346.htm

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