If the sexual harassment victim wasn’t completely honest on her resume or job application, her employer (the defendant in the sexual harassment lawsuit) may contend that it would never have hired the victim in the first place had it known that she lied. It can offer evidence of the false resume as part of an “after-acquired evidence” defense to reduce or eliminate any damages the victim seeks. While many people embellish their job experience and qualifications, if a jury or judge finds out that the harassment victim lied on her resume or left out something important, it may appear to them that the victim is not trustworthy. The fact that the victim lied in order to get the job won’t help her at trial.
Not only is sexual harassment illegal. The law also prohibits:
- Racial harassment
- Religious harassment
- Age-based harassment
- Harassment based on disability
- Harassment based on ethnicity or national origin