Personal Injury Attorneys
The law requires employers to exercise reasonable care in the hiring, retention, and supervision of its employees. When someone is hurt or had their rights violated because an employer did not adequately supervise its employees, the employer may be held responsible for its negligence. The experienced trial attorneys of The Cochran Firm’s Washington, D.C. office can help you get the compensation you deserve if you were the victim of a company’s negligence in hiring, retaining, or supervising a problematic employee.
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Negligence in hiring lawsuit
Negligent hiring, retention, and supervision lawyer in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and VirginiaThere are two important aspects when examining if a claim of negligence in hiring may be brought against an employer due to injuries suffered at the hands of one of its employees:
Whether or not the employer knew or should have known the employee was unfit to perform his or her duties.
Whether the employee’s particular unfitness caused the damages in question.
Employers can usually discover if someone is fit for a job by conducting a background criminal check on that prospective employee. If, after conducting a background check, an employer still extends employment to an individual shown to have a proclivity to behavior which may endanger those around him or her, the employer may be held responsible if the damages inflicted were a result of the known behavioral predisposition.
An example could be a plumbing company hiring an individual despite discovering a criminal conviction for theft. Should this individual go on to steal from a client, the employer may be held liable for negligence in hiring since they allowed this employee to gain access to someone’s home even though the employee’s criminal history was known. In this example, the employer could be held responsible for negligence in hiring even if a background check was not conducted because the employer had a reasonable duty to investigate the potential criminal history of its employee since it was allowing them access to sensitive areas.