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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Negligent Selection of Church Workers—Other Cases

Volume 4 . Chapter 10 . § 10-06
Key point 10-06.Achurch may be legally responsible on the basis of negligent selection for injuries resulting from the acts of a minister or other worker not involving sexual misconduct.

Negligent selection claims are not limited to cases involving sexual misconduct. They can arise anytime that a church's failure to exercise reasonable care in the selection of an employee or volunteer leads to a foreseeable injury. Here are some examples:

• Using adolescents as attendants in the church nursery.
• Selecting adult workers without any training in CPR or other resuscitation techniques to accompany a youth group to any event involving swimming or boating.
• Selecting lay counselors with inadequate professional training.
• Selecting ...

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