Employer Liability for Employees’ Actions

Minnesota recognizes three negligence causes of action in which an employer is liable to a person for injuries caused by an employee: negligent hiring, negligent retention, and negligent supervision. This article will describe these causes of action. The Basics Negligence imposes a duty upon an employer to exercise reasonable care if the employer’s action creates a foreseeable risk of harm or injury to another. Though the particular injury need not be foreseeable, it must have been reasonable to expect so that a sensible person would take precaution. If the connection between the harm and the employer’s act is too remote, no liability will be imposed. Negligent Hiring An employer is liable for negligent hiring if it hires someone for a position through which the employer..

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