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Negligent Hiring: Pennsylvania

Negligent Hiring requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Christin Choi, Fisher Phillips


  • In Pennsylvania, employers may be liable for negligent hiring if they knew or should have known that an employee was dangerous, careless, or incompetent, and that employment might create a situation where the employee's conduct would harm a third person. See Liability for Negligent Hiring.
  • To minimize exposure to negligent hiring claims, an employer must take reasonable steps during the hiring process to fully investigate the suitability of a job applicant for employment. See Minimizing Risks of Negligent Hiring.