Contra Costa California Library Workers are impacted by liability concerns. It is reported that “[a] California library is shutting down because rampant criminal activity has threatened patrons and employees.” The decision to close the Antioch Community Library branch on Saturday was made after “repeated dangerous incidents,” NBC

This article will discuss how liability impacts employer’s decisions and how it affects employees.

What Is Liability?

Liability essentially means that an individual or entity can be legally responsible for certain events.  In the employment setting, employers have responsibility to provide workers’ compensation coverage to their employees.  Further, workers’ compensation, in California, is a “no fault” system. Thus, liability is expansive.  This is especially the case when there are “dangerous” work conditions.  Beyond mere liability, employers who knowingly place their employees in their danger can be subject to an additional claim of “serious and willful misconduct.” Thus, not taking care of a dangerous work hazard can caused heightened liability.

How Far Does Liability Extend?

In the case of the library, liability can extend out to the premises.  Thus, the library’s parking lot could be a location upon which an employee could claim injury.

Did Knowledge of the Dangerous Conditions, Impact the Library’s Decision?

Yes. The Library, without instituting new safety measures, could be exposing themselves to additional liability.  Thus, it was prudent for the library to institute changes.

What if I Need Advice?

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