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Personal Injuries - Part 2

On Church Property or During Church Activities

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• Does your church or denomination conduct a scouting or camping program for youth? If so, you will be interested in a recent Florida appeals court decision. A boy scout sued a regional organization of the Boy Scouts of America alleging that he had been emotionally and physically damaged by the intentional homosexual acts of a first aid attendant at a camp operated by the regional organization. The victim alleged that the regional organization was liable on the basis of "negligent retention and supervision" and the theory of "respondeat superior." The court rejected the first theory of liability, since an organization "must have had constructive or actual notice of the employee's unfitness to work as a first aid attendant at the camp to be liable for negligent retention and supervision," and there was no evidence that the organization had any notice of the attendant's unfitness to work ...

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  • January 2, 1989

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