The American Bar Association says there are more than 750,000
lawyers in America who will file over 18 million new lawsuits this year.
Will any of these suits be filed against you for negligent hiring?
What is Negligent Hiring? It's a liability you face
every time you hire - unless you conduct a thorough background check. If
an employee of yours commits a crime, is involved in an accident, or causes
damages to a third party, you can be sued. If you failed to examine the
public records of the employee which would have revealed a criminal record or a
history of driving while intoxicated, a jury may order you to pay
millions! It happens all the time!
A jury in Oklahoma awarded the relatives of a teen-age rape victim
$6,500,000 from a national pizza restaurant chain in a negligent hiring case.
Similar cases of Negligent Hiring occurred when...
A Washington, D.C.
grocery store delivery man assaulted a customer while delivering a phone
newly hired condominium maintenance man assaulted a guest who was alone in a
resident's unit. The man was a convicted felon.
members of a family were injured after a truck driver with a bad driving
record caused an accident.
woman was raped in her residence by a man hired as a security guard.
He had a history of sexual harassment and discipline problems.
You must know who you are hiring to prevent incidents like these
from happening to you! Recall the adage, "An ounce of prevention is
worth a pound of cure." When you do a background check on job
applicants before you hire, you screen out those who could become liabilities to
your firm. And if an employee does cause damage or commit a crime, the
fact that you took the precaution of a background check before hiring makes it
extremely unlikely that you could be held liable for negligent hiring.
For your own protection, you should use the Employee Background
services provided through us to thoroughly investigate the backgrounds of your
prospective employees. In addition to protecting against negligent
hiring, background checks reduce your risk of dishonesty, theft and even
personal injury. With the rising incidence of violence in the workplace,
this can be an important issue.