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WVIR-TV has reported that Charlottesville police are investigating a sexual assault claim at a local McDonald’s. Employers can be held civilly liable for the sexual assaults perpetrated by their employees if they knew or should have known that the employee had committed such acts in the past and the employer did not address the problem appropriately. If the employee had not previously committed such acts and the employer had no way of knowing that the employee was going to commit such an act, the employer is typically not liable. The employee who committed the sexual assault is in most cases civilly liable for any injuries he or she caused. A person who commits acts of sexual assault may also be held criminally liable, either by misdemeanor or felony depending on the nature of the assault.
Source: NBC29.com, “Cville Police Investigate Reports of Sexual Assualt at McDonald’s,” May 17, 2013.
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