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What is Negligent Hiring?

By: Vanessa Mitchell Tuesday, 11 October 2022

Negligent Hiring

Negligent Hiring according to US Legal: “is a claim made by an injured party against an employer based on the theory that the employer knew or should have known about the employee's background which, if known, indicates a dangerous or untrustworthy character.” Essentially, if you hire an employee with a criminal record (without first running a background check, or running an inadequate background check), and they are convicted of a workplace crime, you may be subject to a negligent hiring claim.

Negligent hiring liability can occur if an employer:

  • Neglects to background check prospective employees.
  • Failed to sufficiently assess prospective employees.
  • Hires a prospective employee despite criminal history.



OSHA estimates that over 20 Million US Workers each year are victims of workplace violence.

$50 Billion is the cost of workplace crime for U.S Organizations each year according to Statistic Brain.

Employers lose 72% of negligent hiring cases with an average settlement of $1.6 million according to a 2001 Report on Criminal Background Checks.



The best way to prevent a negligent hiring claim is be in-depth and proactive when hiring employees and volunteers. A thorough and exhaustive background check from a reliable source l will help you make better, informed decisions. FCRA compliance is critical when hiring and should be done by an accredited background screening provider like Choice Screening.

A quick database search is not enough to keep you from a negligent hiring suit. A thorough background check containing a combination of broad and narrow searches as well as searches that are directly related to the candidate’s job description will provide you with a more accurate picture of your candidate. Generally, a comprehensive background check consists of a combination of searches in four primary areas:


Identity & SSN verification and address history

SSN Verification & Address History


Public Record Searches

Criminal Records

Civil Records

Driving Records

Sex Offender Registry


Professional Qualifications

Employment Verification

Education Verification

Professional License Verification 

Professional References


Job-Specific Searches and Testing

 Drug, Alcohol and Medical Screening

Medical Sanctions and Registries



Please remember that as a consumer reporting agency, we cannot act as your attorney. Note that this blog is not all-inclusive. Ensure you’re consulting with a qualified employment attorney when creating and maintaining a background screening program.

Topics: Hiring

Vanessa Mitchell

Vanessa Mitchell

Passionate blogger dedicated to making your life easier when it comes to background screening.