Negligent Hiring: Washington
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Ina R. Silvergleid
- Washington recognizes a claim for negligent hiring against employers. See Elements of a Negligent Hiring Claim in Washington.
- Employers can minimize the risk of negligent hiring claims by exercising ordinary care in the hiring process by verifying information on resumes and application forms (e.g., work history, education), checking references, and conducting background checks prior to employment. See Minimize Exposure to Negligent Hiring Claims.