Thursday, March 15, 2012

Miramonte School Case Illustrates Liability for Negligent Hiring and Supervision of Employees

As a Los Angeles and Southern California attorney, one of the more common scenarios I see is when employers fail to conduct proper background checks and screening of employees prior to hiring them and/or fail to properly train or supervise their employees. Oftentimes, this leads to employees being hired with criminal backgrounds even in sensitive jobs such as working with children in schools, persons in charge of caring for patients in health care facilities, or persons charged with providing private security services. This can lead to sexual molestations, assaults, batteries, fraud and other behavior on the part of the employees which causes serious injuries and economic damages to the patrons of these businesses and their families. If you or someone you know has been the victim of abuse or other serious misconduct by a hospital employee, store employee (including security guards) or other similar employee misconduct, it is important to consult with an attorney to determine your rights to compensation. Oftentimes, this requires in depth analysis and investigaiton by an experienced attorney to determine if the employer was negligent in either hiring or supervising the employee and, therefore, can be held liable for the employee's misconduct.