Negligent Hiring, Retention & Supervision
In addition to our experience in sorting out the contractual, statutory, and other employer-employee issues in the workplace, our employment law team also provides guidance when employee behavior is of concern generally, and claim response advice when third parties make tort claims against employers for the conduct of employees specifically. Claimants alleging injury through the conduct of employees (negligent or even intentional) may in some circumstances assert claims the employer was negligent in hiring, retaining, or supervising the employee who allegedly caused harm. These “direct” claims against the employer are different from the potential common law “vicarious” or indirect liability of an innocent employer for the employee’s negligence. But negligent hiring, retention, and supervision claims raise unique issues our employment law attorneys are skilled to exploit in depositions, motion practice and, if necessary, at trial and on appeal.