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Church Could be Liable for Negligent Hiring

Court rules church hiring youth pastor without checking reference could be liable for workers' molestation of a minor.

Key point 10-04.1. Some courts have found churches liable on the basis of negligent selection for the molestation of a minor by a church worker if the church failed to exercise reasonable care in the selection of the worker.
Key point 10-04.3. Churches can reduce the risk of liability based on negligent selection for the sexual molestation of minors by adopting risk management policies and procedures.
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.

A Georgia court ruled that a church that hired a youth worker without checking the references listed in his employment application could be liable on the basis of negligent hiring for the workers' sexual molestation of a minor. ...

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  • December 22, 2014

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