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As a small-business owner, you are faced with rising costs, particularly employment costs, insurance, and the like. You decide to hire Leo, your good friend to save on these costs and insurance. Leo works for 6 months and wears the business shirt, deals with vendors and customers on the phone, and tells his family that he is the company’s best employee. One day at lunch, Leo heads to 7-11 for a Slurpee and befriends the owner, Dan. Leo makes a deal with Dan to sell your product, Widgets, at the 7-11 in exchange for a free Slurpee every day. The store sells out of Widgets in one day and Dan calls to demand you restock because it is bringing in lots of customers.

  • Per the text reading, explain agency law and the three type of agency relationships that are created in the workplace. What is the relationship, if any, per agency law in the above scenario and is your company liable to restock the store? What is “scope of employment” and how is it applicable?
  • Identify and explain the Employment-at-Will Doctrine and all the possible exceptions to the Doctrine. Research a case in your home state of wrongful termination based on an exception in the last two years and explain the facts, the parties, their arguments, the law and the outcome of the case.
  • Pursuant to the dry-cleaning scenario from Week 1 (and in the thread below), if a child becomes sick from pollution, could the family sue the cleaners for negligence? Be sure to explain the law and the reasoning for your answer