‘Dishonesty’ is a generic term embracing all forms of conduct involving deception on the part of employees. ‘Dishonesty’ can consist of any act or omission which entails deceit. This may include withholding information from the employer, or making a false statement or misrepresentation with the intention of deceiving the employer. Dishonesty entails ‘a lack of integrity or straightforwardness and, in particular, a willingness to steal, cheat, lie or act fraudulently.’ A misrepresentation by an employee before the commencement of employment has been held to be sufficient to warrant dismissal, even if the misrepresentation is discovered some time later and the employee has rendered satisfactory performance. A charge of dishonesty requires proof that the person acted with intent to deceive.
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