Negligent Hiring: West Virginia
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Eric E. Kinder, Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC
- West Virginia recognizes a cause of action against employers for negligent hiring. See Negligent Hiring Claims in West Virginia.
- Employers can be liable for the negligent selection of an independent contractor. See Independent Contractors.
- Employers can limit their exposure to negligent hiring claims through the use of thorough screening methods, such as background checks, examining motor vehicle records, drug testing, medical and physical examinations, and competency tests. See Minimizing Exposure to Negligent Hiring Claims.