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Employer's vicarious liability: Employer of warden who sexually abused boys in his care liable for personal injury

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    Lister and others v Hesley Hall Ltd [2001] IRLR 472 HL (0 other reports)

In Lister and others v Hesley Hall Ltd [2001] IRLR 472, the House of Lords holds that the employer of a warden of a residential school is vicariously liable for the acts of sexual abuse perpetrated by the warden on the boys in his care. The warden's employment did not merely give him the opportunity for his acts but was so closely connected with them that it would be fair and just to hold the employers vicariously liable. The employer entrusted the care of the children to the warden and the sexual abuse was inextricably interwoven with the carrying out of his duties at the school.