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Church Preschool Sued for Spanking Incident

Be careful to supervise employees who work with small children.

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Key point 10-09.1. Some courts have found churches liable on the basis of negligent supervision for a worker's acts of child molestation on the ground that the church failed to exercise reasonable care in the supervision of the victim or of its own programs and activities.

Key point 10-17.1. Punitive damages are monetary damages awarded by a jury "in addition to compensation for a loss sustained, in order to punish, and make an example of, the wrongdoer." They are awarded when a person's conduct is reprehensible and outrageous. Most church insurance policies exclude punitive damages. This means that a jury award of punitive damages represents an uninsured risk.

A trial court in Ohio awarded nearly $6 million to the parents of a 2-year-old child who was spanked with a ruler by a teacher in a church-operated preschool. A family's two minor children were enrolled in a church-operated preschool. ...

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  • November 1, 2009

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