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Negligent Hiring: South Carolina

Negligent Hiring requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Meryl Gutterman, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C.


  • South Carolina courts have held that where an employer knew of or should have known that its employment of a specific person created an undue risk of harm to the public, a plaintiff may claim that the employer was negligent in hiring the employee. See Negligent Hiring Claims in South Carolina.
  • In order to prove a negligent hiring claim, an injured party must offer evidence such as a prior driving record, an arrest record, or other records of past misconduct or misbehavior by the employee in order to establish that the employer engaged in negligent hiring. See Minimizing the Risk of Negligent Hiring Claims.