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Monday, July 09, 2012

Employee terminated for omitting relevant information from his application for employment


Employee terminated for omitting relevant information from his application for employment
Russell v New York Citywide Admin. Servs., 55 AD3d 614

Stephen Russell sued the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services following its terminating his temporary employment as a bridge and tunnel officer. An investigation by the Citywide Administrative Services revealed that Russell had failed to disclose pertinent information on his employment application. The information omitted: Russell’s “prior misdemeanor criminal conviction, prior revocations and suspensions of his driver's license, and a prior termination from employment by the New York City Transit Authority.”

The Appellate Division agreed with Supreme Court that Citywide Administrative Service’s decision to terminate Russell’s temporary employment was neither arbitrary nor capricious, had a rational basis, and was not made in bad faith.

Section 50.4 (f) and (g), respectively, permit the State Civil Service Department and municipal commissions to disqualify an individual “who has intentionally made a false statement of any material fact in his [or her] application; or (g) who has practiced, or attempted to practice, any deception or fraud in his [or her] application … to be disqualified. 

The statute further provides that “No person shall be disqualified pursuant to this subdivision unless he [or she] has been given a written statement of the reasons therefore [sic] and afforded an opportunity to make an explanation and to submit facts in opposition to such disqualification.”

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