Employers owe a huge amount of responsibility to their employees. Employers need to provide workers with the proper training, safety equipment, and post all appropriate safety and warning signs to help prevent workplace accidents. But an employer’s responsibility to its workers doesn’t end there – one of the most common causes of workplace injuries is negligent hiring practices.
An Employer’s Responsibility When Hiring
When an employer decides to hire a new employee, they must take reasonable care. This includes gathering detailed and accurate information on prospective hires through employment applications and comprehensive background checks. When employers fail to do this, they could end up hiring a worker that causes catastrophic accidents.
Types of Negligent Hiring Include:
- Insufficient Experience – Unfortunately, people aren’t always honest on their resumes. Employers should confirm employment history and education to ensure any prospective applicants are actually capable of what they claim to be. For example, if a trucking company hires a new driver that has lied about having previous trucking jobs, and then the new employee causes an accident due to inexperience, the injured parties could file a lawsuit against the trucking company.
- Robbery – If potential employees are not properly screened, it could lead to hiring an employee with a criminal history of theft. If an employer fails to do a background check, and the background check would have revealed a criminal history, the employer can potentially be held liable for anything the employee steals.
- Workplace Violence – Employers need to determine whether or not potential new hires have a history of workplace violence. This can be done by checking references, contacting past employers, and performing background checks. Negligent hiring can include hiring an individual with obvious history of violence.
- Sexual Assault – Performing a background check can also reveal if a person is a registered sex offender. If an employer fails to do a background check on a registered sex offender, they can be held responsible if the employee sexually assaults another employee.
Negligent Hiring Attorneys
When employers negligently hire new employees, it puts everyone at risk. If a negligently hired employee injured you or someone you love, call the experienced Houston negligent hiring attorneys at Adame Garza LLP today. We can help you understand your legal options during a free consultation.
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