The answer to this is, Absolutely YES.
In Arizona, an employer is responsible for the acts of its employee, and a principal is responsible for the acts of its agent.
This is called “vicarious liability”.
The concept dates back many years, but essentially, the courts decided it was best to put the financial responsibility (i.e. the purchase of insurance) on the business owner, which best has the ability to absorb and afford the cost. If needed, the business can just charge its customers a little bit more to accumulate the needed revenue for this expense—something the employee/agent does not have the ability to do.
Arguments occur when an employee/agent causes harm to others that, while maybe still ‘on the clock’, they are doing something that is 1) not in their job description and 2) does not further the interests of their employer. Generally, even most of these will attribute responsibility to the employer/principal, but the cases are harder to settle/win with these added defenses.
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