Vicarious Liability

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In employment law, an employer’s liability for the acts of its employees. At common law an employer is vicariously liable for the tortious acts of its employees, and other persons in a relationship akin to employment, if they are carried out “in the course of employment”. Under discrimination legislation, discriminatory acts done by an employee in the course of employment are treated as having been done by the employer. The employer will not be liable for discrimination if it can show that it took such steps as were reasonably practicable to prevent the employee from doing the discriminatory act.

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