Lack of veracity warrants employee’s termination

Lack of veracity warrants employee’s termination

The Appellate Division affirmed Supreme Court’s denial of a petition seeking to vacate a post-hearing arbitration award.

The disciplinary hearing officer found that the employee was guilty of all of the specified charges and that the employer “had just cause for terminating her from her position as a parole officer.”

The Appellate Division, noting that the former employee had failed to establish that the arbitration award violated public policy, was irrational, or was in violation of any of the grounds enumerated in CPLR 7511(b)(1), said that the hearing record “amply supports the arbitrator's finding that [the individual] had violated the DOP's Code of Conduct by making false accusations of stalking, which resulted in her arrest.”

Finding that there was no basis for disturbing the arbitrator's rejection of former employee’s account of events in view of the testimony of an investigating detective that at the time of the alleged incident, the purported stalker was not even in the former employee’s vicinity, the Appellate Division concluded that “in light of petitioner's responsibilities as a parole officer, which depend in large part upon her veracity, her misconduct warranted the penalty of termination.”

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