Peter Susser Explains How Employers are Targeted for Costly Lawsuits for Personal Injury or Death When Employees Cause Traffic Accidents While Driving and Talking on Cell Phones

"Cell Phone Safety," Ornamental Outlook via Industry Watch

A socket-sized cell phone is now standard issue for everyone in business from rookie salesperson to top manager. Peter A. Susser, a partner in the Washington office of Littler Mendelson, the nation's largest employment law firm said most such court cases attempt to link traffic accident injuries and the employer's liability under two theories. First, under the theory of negligence, the employer is charged with permitting employees to utilize cell phones for business purposes without providing proper training and instruction. Second, under the age-old concept of respondent superior, the employer is responsible for damages caused by employees when they act within the scope of their employment.

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