If they find out you lied they can fire you for it. And it may be illegal to lie when applying for some jobs like government ones or about specific items like credentials or immigration status.
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Unless you are under oath at the time, it's never ILLEGAL to lie. However, if you lie on a resume and the employer finds out that you lied, you can -- and almost certainly will be -- terminated immediately.
Regardless of whether it's LEGAL or ILLEGAL, when it comes to your resume, honesty is probably the best policy.
I'm licensed to practice law only in Indiana, and we've never met, so I can't give you "legal" advice. My answer is simply "friendly" advice based on my experience as an attorney in Indiana, my knowledge of federal and common law, and common sense. Even if you are in Indiana, employment law questions are very fact specific, and based on the limited information you provided in your post, I can't give you legal advice, and my answer is intended as general information only. It doesn't create an attorney-client relationship.
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