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Are You Guilty of Negligent Retention?
with Negligent Hiring issues does their best to keep them at bay by conducting
thorough pre-employment background, reference, criminal, and drug checks. But
are you guilty of Negligent Retention? Case in point…
In a decision by an appellate court in Illinois, a supermarket chain was found
liable for the negligent retention of a manager for the chain who stopped by
his store while off-duty and allegedly “under the influence.” When he saw a
teenage boy urinating on the side of the building, he chased the boy to a car
and shouted obscenities at the boy's mother. He then pulled a 4-year-old boy
out of the car and threw him through the air. The boy spent four days in the
hospital and required medical attention for a month. The jury awarded the child
After pre-employment checks prove clean, employers must still be vigilant about
monitoring and documenting employee behavior and taking appropriate action.
Fits of temper, drug abuse, mental problems and the like put both employees and
customers at risk and the company can be held accountable. Should this
situation arise, seek competent legal advice.
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