I had this exact same problem too. I was able to resolve it editing the .vmx file for my VM, and moving the firmware = "efi" setting to the end of the list. When I just use the UEFI toggle in the VMWare settings interface, it alphabetized the settings, and I get this error when I try to boot ClearLinux. When edit the .vmx manually, and put the efi setting at the end, it boots fine... I had this same problem on two different machines, and this seemed to fix it on both.
For anybody else reading this post ...
The issue reported here is not a real problem - and the fix is not a fix.
The order of parameters in the vmx-file does not matter at all.
The error message can be ignored and it will not prevent a VM from booting.