Our holding that the evidence was sufficient to go to

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Unformatted text preview: [**21] contact such as that involved in the entry of customers' homes. Appellant's claim that it satisfied its duty to evaluate Turner's fitness for the deliveryman job, as a matter of law, must fail because the prior employment experience with Turner was not similar. Upon consideration of all the evidence relating to Tallahassee Furniture's knowledge of and experience with Turner, the jury could reasonably have concluded that Tallahassee Furniture judged Turner's employability upon the single criterion of whether his capacity as a laborer was sufficient to satisfy appellant's economic interests, rather than upon whether his character, conduct, and mental condition were such as to ensure the safety of its customers. Our holding that the evidence was sufficient to go to the jury on the negligent hiring charge makes it unnecessary to decide whether the evidence was also sufficient to support the charge of negligent retention. However, in view of the serious consequences flowing from the appellant's negligent hiring of Turner, we deem it appropriate to also discuss appellant's contentions regarding the charge of negligent retention. Appellant urges, again, that it met its obligation to exercise [**22] reasonable care in its retention of Turner as an employee having access to customers' homes and that it, accordingly, is entitled to judgment as a matter of law on this issue. Again, we disagree. Negligent retention of an employee occurs when, during the course of employment, the employer becomes aware or should have become aware of problems with an employee that indicate his unfitness, but the employer fails to take further action, such as investigation, discharge, or reassignment. Garcia, 492 So.2d at 438, and cases cited therein. Appellant urges that, here, there is no evidence that it had notice of Turner's unfitness during his employment. Appellant reviews the evidence concerning two episodes during the employment which, to some extent, indicate unlawful activity on the part of T...
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This note was uploaded on 09/30/2012 for the course ENC 102 taught by Professor Deria during the Spring '08 term at FIU.

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