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Unformatted text preview: olute but is conditional or qualified by the following language: "If the employer makes adequate inquiry or otherwise has a sufficient basis to rely on the employee, there is no need to inquire about a possible criminal record." Evans v. Morsell, 284 Md. 160, 395 A.2d 480, 484 (Md. 1978); see also [**50] Williams, 386 So.2d at 1240; Garcia, 492 So.2d at 441. The correct application of the rule is seen in Williams, in which, despite the holding that the employer had no duty as a matter of law to check with law enforcement authorities, the fact that the employee had a criminal record, and the employer made no investigation, either by requesting submission of an application form containing questions as to criminal conduct or by interview, required reversal of a summary judgment in favor of the employer and submission of the case to a jury for resolution. A further application of the rule is found in Ponticas, supra. In that case, the court also adopted the Evans v. Morsell rule, stating it as follows: "if the employer has made adequate inquiry or otherwise has a reasonably sufficient basis to conclude the employee is reliable and fit for the job, no affirmative duty rests on him to investigate the possibility that the applicant has a criminal record." 331 N.W.2d at 913. Further, the court explained, "liability of an employer is not to be predicated solely on failure to investigate criminal history of an [**51] applicant, but rather, in the totality of the circumstances surrounding the hiring, whether the employer exercised reasonable care. This is generally a jury question." Id. Thus, the court concluded, "the jury could have found that appellants made slight effort to determine whether it was safe to hire [the employee] and give him access to the living quarters of the tenants of the apartments." Id. We find that the trial court did not err in admitting the evidence of Turner's adult arrest and conviction records. Furthermore, we find that the trial court fully and correctly instructed the jury on the employer's duty with respect to investiga...
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