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VICARIOUS LIABILITY

liability imputed to one person for the actions of another, where the law contemplates that the other should be held responsible for a wrong in fact committed by somone else. Sometimes this doctrine is called IMPUTED LIABILITY. EXAMPLE: Mekhi drives a truck for Speedy Delivery Service. While pulling out of a driveway, he hits a pedestrian. Speedy will be vicariously liable for the pedestrian's injuries under the doctrine of respondeat superior. EXAMPLE: Taye agrees to drive the getaway car in a robbery. Donna, who enters the bank, kills a teller during the robbery. In most states, Taye is vicariously liable for the killing. compare strict liability Source: Barron's Dictionary of Legal Terms, Steven H. Gifis, 5th Edition; © 2016

"[A]n employee is a ‘supervisor’ for purposes of vicarious liability under Title VII if he or she is empowered by the employer to take tangible employment actions against the victim."

- Vance v Ball State, No. 11-556, 2013 WL 3155228 (US June 24, 2013)
"[W]hen a supervisor engages in harassment which results in an adverse ‘tangible employment action’ against the employee, the employer is automatically held vicariously liable for the harassment."

- Frederick v. Sprint, 246 F.3d 1305 (11th Cir. 2001)
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