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Negligent supervision.

A Colorado appeals court has ruled that a business owner, Donald Keller, can be held liable for the negligent supervision of an employee, Firat Uzan, who sexually assaulted a family friend on the premises. Uzan, who had been asked to work alone at the store on weekends, brought the 12-year-old girl to the store and molested her. The court found that Keller should have known that Uzan was dangerous after three former employees, all of them teenaged girls, informed Keller that Uzan had sexually harassed or assaulted them on the premises. (Koca v. Keller, Colorado Court of Appeals, No. 02CA2498, 2004)

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