An employer is liable for any torts committed by employees acting within the scope of their employment. Under certain circumstances, employers have a legal duty to protect strangers from injuries caused by their employees even when the employees are off-site and are clearly not acting within the scope of their employment.
For example, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that an employer was potentially liable for an automobile accident in which an intoxicated employee sent home by his supervisor killed someone while driving home. The Tennessee Court of Appeals reached the opposite result in a case with similar facts. An employer may also be responsible for the safe passage home of an employee who is not intoxicated but is tired from working too many consecutive hours.
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