The California Supreme Court has ruled that, under state law, an employee cannot hold a coworker liable for retaliation. The court ruled that while individual workers can avoid making bad decisions, they cannot be held responsible for company policies that might create harassment or discrimination.
An employer may be held liable for vehicular manslaughter committed by an employee after hours. An employee became intoxicated at a company party and then later, after he had returned home and then left again, crashed into another car, killing the driver. The parents of the victim may sue the employer because the employee was acting within the scope of his employment when he got drunk.