Please help with the following problem found in the textbook: Business Law: The Ethical, Global, and E-Commerce Environment 13th edition written by Jane Mallor, A. James Barnes, Thomas Bowers, and Arlen W. Langvardt (2007). Please answer questions in detail.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 9, 2019, 11:08 pm ad1c9bdddf
Principal's Liability for Agent's Torts
We have covered the reasons the law makes employers liable for the torts of employees under respondeat superior, including the ability of employers to bear the burden or to socialize the cost of paying for damages caused by an employee's tort.
? Do you think those are good reasons to make someone liable for the actions of anther person? What kind of behavior is the rule of respondeat superior likely to foster? Does the rule encourage employers to train and supervise their employees better?
This is the principle of vicarious liability. This is secondary liability. This means that the employer is liable for the acts of the employee under certain circumstances. That is if an employee commits a tort and this tort is within the course of his normal duties. If an employee is on a frolic then the employer cannot be held liable. Similarly, if an employee indulges in violence then the employer is not responsible for the act. The rule that the superior is responsible for the acts of the subordinate may encourage irresponsible behavior on the part of the employee. The rule is designed to encourage employers to train and more closely supervise their employees. For instance, if the employer can establish ...
Principal's Liabilityis discussed in great detail in this solution.