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Good manners prevent needless negligent-supervision lawsuits

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Employers are responsible for the way their employees behave. Threatening behavior toward fellow employees or customers that causes emotional or physical harm can lead to a negligent-supervision lawsuit.

Recent case: George Blunt, a 76-year-old Pennsylvania constable, tried to serve a subpoena on a casino executive. After he went in the casino’s employee entrance and put the subpoena on the front desk, security guards confronted Blunt, demanding to know what he was doing. Blunt left and the guards followed him and stood in front of his car to prevent him from driving away.

Blunt sued, alleging negligent supervision and that he had been emotionally harmed by the guards.

But the court threw the case out because the guards had acted courteously, and never got within three feet, cursed at or otherwise threatened Blunt. They challenged Blunt, but never harmed him in any way. (Blunt v. Boyd Gaming, No. 08-285, ED PA, 2008)

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