respondeat superior

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A legal doctrine that holds an employer liable for an employee’s wrongful or negligent act
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respondeat superior

Latin–let the master answer for the servant Medical malpractice A legal doctrine that holds an employer liable for an employee's wrongful or negligent act. See 'Captain of the ship. ', 'Deepest pockets', Malpractice.
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res·pon·de·at su·pe·ri·or

(rē-spon'dē-ăt sŭ-pēr'ē-ŏr)
Legal doctrine that makes an employer responsible for an employee's action; sometimes called 'captain of the ship principle' or law of agency.
[L., let the superior take responsibility]
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In 1933, an Ohio court held that respondent superior and negligent entrustment claims are not inconsistent and that the admission of agency in such a case does not banish the theory that the defendant knowingly entrusted the operation of his car to an incompetent driver.
In a representative case, under a legal doctrine know as respondent superior that holds a "master" responsible for his "servants" while in the scope of employment, violations of record keeping provisions by the manager of a fireams store are attributable to the owner.
The act also allows a doctrine of respondent superior that usually applies in employee-employer situations: If an act or omission is proven, a nonprofit organization may be liable even though the volunteer is not.
Regardless, under the legal principle of respondent superior, (i.e., employers are responsible for all acts by employees committed within the scope of their employment), the CPA would be liable for damages personally (not vicariously), even though not directly involved in the negligent act.
While the shareholder is not personally liable for acts by other shareholders, the PC itself is jointly and severally liable for employee acts under the legal doctrine of a respondent superior.