In today’s litigious culture, you simply cannot afford to hire employees who will put your company at risk. Employers can and are being held legally responsible for the wrongful acts of employees, as courts have found that it’s an employer’s duty to conduct a thorough background screening of all potential employees.
Average settlements in negligent hiring lawsuits are now approaching one million dollars. Juries in such cases will assume that if you could have known you were hiring someone dangerous or unfit for a job, you should have known. Showing that you have exercised due diligence in making your hiring decisions will dramatically decrease your chances of being found negligent.