Employer Liability

  • Topic:Employer Liability
    T.O. Retailers, LLC, hosts its annual holiday party for the entire staff members and spouses/guests, which includes approximately 250 people. The holiday party is held off-site and not on an employer-owned property, and takes place after normal working hours. In recent years, there has been about one incident a year wherein an employee drinks too much and becomes intoxicated. As a result, when the annual invite goes out to all employees there is disclaimer language at the bottom that is in larger and bold typeface stating that the employer does not condone excessive drinking and driving, and strictly prohibits any employee from being intoxicated during the holiday party. Additionally, there is language stating the staff of the facility hosting the holiday party, or any management of the employer, can restrict the service of alcohol to any employee who appears to be intoxicated. Intoxicated persons will be asked to leave the holiday party. Each year, the employer meets with the staff of the facility to explain the employer’s policy about alcohol at the holiday party and requests the policy be strictly enforced. The employer pays for the entire holiday party.

    This past year Diane had been suffering from vertigo, which the employer was aware of, and had recently gone on medication to help with the symptoms. Her new medication provides a warning not to drink while taking the medication. Diane is single and attended the employer’s holiday party alone. During the holiday party, Diane became visible intoxicated and, at one point, a server of the facility staff refused to serve her. Later, she obtained a drink from another server, and a co-worker obtained another drink for her. Many people, including management, saw Diane visibly intoxicated. Diane left the holiday party and was involved in a car accident in which she was severely injured and injured the driver of the other car.



    In your paper, analyze the scenario above and address the following:

    Discuss which facts or ideas presented in the scenario would support the employer being liable for the injuries sustained by Diane and the other driver. Explain your reasoning.
    Discuss which facts or ideas presented in the scenario would support the employer not being liable for the injuries sustained by Diane and the other driver. Explain your reasoning.
    Assess whether or not respondeat superior would apply to Diane’s situation. Explain your reasoning.


    The Employer Liability paper

    Must be two to four double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA Style (Links to an external site.) as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA Formatting for Microsoft Word (Links to an external site.)
    Must include a separate title page with the following:
    Title of paper in bold font
    Space should appear between the title and the rest of the information on the title page.
    Student’s name
    Name of institution (The University of Arizona Global Campus)
    Course name and number
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    Due date
    Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external site.) resource for additional guidance.
    Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.
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    Must use at least one scholarly source in addition to the course text.
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    Must document any information used from sources in APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA: Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.)
    Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center. See the APA: Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Writing Center for specifications.

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