We invite you to review our newly-posted May 2022 California Employment Law Notes, a comprehensive review of the latest and most significant developments in California employment law. The highlights include:

Doe v. Anderson Union High School Dist., 2022 WL 1404140 (Cal. Ct. App. 2022)

A teacher at Anderson Union High School allegedly had a sexual relationship with one of his students, which included sexual activities in the classroom. The student sued the school district, the principal and superintendent for negligent hiring and supervision. The trial court granted the school district’s motion for summary judgment,

We invite you to review our newly posted July 2011 California Employment Law Notes — a comprehensive review of the latest and most significant developments in California employment law.  The highlights include:

Diaz v. Carcamo, 51 Cal. 4th 1148 (2011)

Jose Carcamo, a truck driver for defendant Sugar Transport, caused Dawn Renae Diaz to suffer severe permanent injuries as a result of a traffic accident on Highway 101. Diaz sued Carcamo and Sugar Transport, alleging that Sugar Transport was both vicariously liable for Carcamo’s negligent driving and directly liable for its own negligence in hiring and

Diaz v. Carcamo, 182 Cal.App.4th 339 (2010)

Dawn Diaz was seriously injured when she was struck by a car that jumped a freeway center divider following its collision with a truck that was driven by Jose Carcamo (a truck driver who was employed by Sugar Transport). Diaz sued both drivers as well as Sugar Transport and obtained a jury verdict in the amount of

Oravecz v. New York Life Ins. Co., 95 Cal. Rptr 3d 1 (Cal. Ct. App. 2009)

Paul Oravecz sued Steve Roth and New York Life (which was allegedly Roth’s employer) after losing money in an investment in an offshore foreign currency trading fund, which Oravecz alleged was a “Ponzi scheme.” Among the claims Oravecz alleged against New York Life were negligent misrepresentation, failure to

Phillips v. TLC Plumbing, Inc., 172 Cal. App. 4th 1133 (2009)

Trisha Phillips, the daughter and successor in interest of decedent Judith Phillips, filed a complaint against TLC, alleging negligent hiring and retention of James Joseph Cain after Cain, a former employee of TLC, murdered Judith. While Cain was employed as a plumbing service repairman for TLC, he was dispatched on a service call

Flores v. Autozone West, Inc., 161 Cal. App. 4th 373 (2008)

Juan Rodriguez Flores was injured by Erwin Gomez, an Autozone employee, when Gomez struck Flores on the head with a steel pipe. Flores sued Autozone for assault and battery based on a respondeat superior theory and for negligent hiring and related torts. The trial court granted Autozone’s motion for summary judgment, but the

deVillers v. County of San Diego, 156 Cal. App. 4th 238 (2007)

Kristin Rossum, who was employed as a toxicologist for the County of San Diego, took toxic materials from the Office of Medical Examiner (“OME”) and used them to murder her husband, Greg deVillers. After Rossum was convicted of murdering deVillers, his survivors sued the County for negligently hiring Rossum and for breaching

Plancarte v. Guardsmark, LLC, 118 Cal. App. 4th 640 (2004)

Eveilia Plancarte alleged that Toufik Kadah, a Guardsmark security guard, was responsible for assault, battery, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress, all of which allegedly occurred while she was working as a janitor in a building in which Kadah was working as a guard. Plancarte also alleged “respondeat superior,” negligent hiring and