MT311-02_Unit 7_Assignment_Marjorie Bowden

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Respondeat Superior Page 1 of 3 Respondeat Superior Marjorie Bowden MT311-02
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Respondeat Superior Page 2 of 3 A grocery store clerk took a woman that had gone into labor to the hospital using the grocery stores vehicle. In the process of taking the woman to the hospital the employee ran over Melnick’s dog. Melnick went to grocery store to complain to the manager. The Doctrine of Respondeat Superior is a common law doctrine which makes an employer responsible for the actions of an employee if the actions take place within the scope of employment. A question that needs to be asked when regarding Respondeat Superior is whether the employee was acting within the scope of employment at the time of the event, or was the employee involved in an activity related to the job. Although an employer may instruct an employee not to do something, the employer cannot disclaim liability. However, the employee
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Unformatted text preview: may also be held liable for their own actions along with the employer. Employees may not be allowed to evade the responsibility for the harm they have caused. In the above case, I feel that the grocery store could be held liable by the doctrine of respondeat superior due to the fact that during the employees regular shift, they were allowed to take a company vehicle to transport the customer to the hospital. It is my belief that by management allowing the employee to take the company vehicle and staying on the time clock, the employee was within their scope of employment. The one question I have in regard to the case above is whether a law such as the Good Samaritan Law would protect the employer. Respondeat Superior Page 3 of 3 References: Miller, R. L., & Jentz, G. A. (2008). Fundamentals of business law part i. Mason, OH: Cengage Learning....
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