员工犯错,雇主也要负责赔偿?Vicarious Liability of Employer on Employee’s Wrongful Act

 

  • In Dyre and Wife v Munday @ anor [1895] 2 QB 742, CA Lord Esher MR ruled:

“The liability of the master does not rest merely on the question of authority, because the authority given is generally to do the master’s business rightly; but the law says that if, in the course of carrying out his employment, the servant commits an excess beyond the scope of his authority, the master is liable.”

 

  • In Goh Choon Seng v Lee Kim Soo [1925] AC 550, apart from holding the same view as above, held that where a servant did some work for which he was appointed to do, but did in a manner not authorized, and would not have authorized had he known it, the master was nevertheless liable.

 

  • In Keppel Bus Co. Ltd v Sa’ad bin Ahmad [1972] 2 MLJ 121, the Court of Appeal of Singapore found that there was sufficient evidence to conclude that the conductor in hitting the respondent in a very high handed manner, was acting in the course of employment.

 

  • In Rose v Plenty [1976] 1 ALL E.R 97 Lord Denning: “In considering whether a prohibited act was within the course of employment, it depends very much on the purpose for which it was done. If it is done for his employer’s business it is usually done in the course of his employment, even though it is a prohibited act….”

 

  • In Roshairee bin Abd Wahab v Mejar Mustafa bin Omar & 2 Ors [1997] 2 AMR 2044

The plaintiff was assaulted by the first and second defendants while undergoing an orientation programme at a military camp in Sabah. At the material time, the plaintiff was under the charge of the first defendant, who was assigned as a duty officer to carry out the orientation programme. The second defendant was attached to the said regiment stationed in the said camp.

Although the first defendant’s acts of assault were unauthorized by the third defendant, they were carried out during the normal course of duty of the first defendant. Such being the case, his unauthorized acts have become so connected with his authorized acts that this court finds them to have become “modes-although improper modes of doing them.” For this, the third defendant (the Government of Malaysia–supplied) must be held vicariously liable for the unlawful actions of this defendant.”

 

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员工犯错,雇主要负责赔偿?-案件篇