vicarious liability

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Obligation that arises from the relationship of one party with another. For example, a principal is generally liable for the agent's acts performed in the course of the agent's duties assigned by the principal; and an employer for the action or inaction of an employee in the normal course of her or her employment or duties. Also called vicarious responsibility.

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I did not believe that I should have been responsible for the actions of my employee when he crashed the company truck after hours, but my attorney assured me that vicarious liability exists because I allowed him to drive the truck home.
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You should always try to do your best to limit your vicarious liability so that if things go bad it doesn't ruin you.
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My manger informed me that he had vicarious liability over me and would suffer if I screwed up somehow on the job.
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