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Whose Fault Is It Anyway? Vicarious Liability in The Workplace

By Sara Joy - Law Student @ Downing College, Cambridge


Vicarious liability is where one party is held partly responsible and liable for the illegal actions or omissions of a third party. In the workplace, this means that an employer can be vicariously liable for the tortious acts of its employees carried out “in the course of employment”. Essentially, the employer or company can be sued for the negligence of employees.