Posts from July 17, 2009
Recent revelations regarding a Washington, D.C. Metrobus driver’s criminal history are raising disturbing questions about employer’s obligations to investigate a potential employee’s criminal record, and exposure to liability if a third party is injured. A Metrobus driver, who was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer after the driver allegedly attempted to rob the officer at gunpoint, had a long and sordid criminal history. He had been hired by Metro soon after completing a ten-year prison sentence for robbing two men at gunpoint. Also in his criminal past – a voluntary manslaughter charge for fatally shooting a man during an argument; felony murder charges when an accomplice in an armed robbery shot a man to death; and drug and gun possession charges. No ordinary bus driver….