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Negligent Hire & Negligent Retention — 2 More Causes of Lawsuits

By Doyice Cotten

Most sport and recreation managers are familiar with the concept of negligence and the associated risk in sport and recreation activities. A couple of concepts with which many sport managers have less familiarity are negligent hire and negligent retention.

Negligent hire (or negligent hiring) is a claim often made against an entity or employer when an injured party alleges than the injury was due to the actions of an unqualified employee.  The theory is that the employer was negligent in hiring the employee because the employer either knew or should have known the employee was unfit (lacked qualifications or character).