Vicarious Liability for Intentional Torts

An employer is vicariously liable for the intentional torts of its employees committed within the scope of that employee’s employment. An act is committed within the scope of employment if it is done while performing the employer’s work (performing the work the employee is employed for) and for the purpose of accomplishing that work. An employer who authorizes an employee to perform acts that involve the use of force, such as a bouncer at a night club, is liable if the employee uses excessive force while doing his or her job. An employer is also responsible for a battery committed by an employee whose work does not normally require the use of force if the attack was provoked by an attempt to interfere with the employee’s ability to do his or her job; for example, blocking a delivery person’s way. An employer is not responsible, however, if an employee accosts another in a spirit of vindictiveness, to gratify personal animosity, or to carry out an independent purpose of his or her own.

If you are hurt as the result of another’s intentional tort, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Advocates Legal Group, LLP can help you determine the value of your claim and can bring the appropriate action for recovery. We will help you prepare your case in a way that demonstrates the other side is responsible for your injuries and other losses. We can also help you understand the strengths and weaknesses of your case and build a strategy to ensure the most successful outcome possible. Although recovery can be stressful, you do not need to go at it alone. We will be on your side every step of the way to advise you of your rights, options, and navigate through you through the process. Call us now at (508) 796-5737, or email us at, for a free case evaluation.

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