Former Cheerleader Suing UT for Hiring Coach Who Raped Her in 2004

Jason Morris

A triple threat, a hat trick, a triple double, how about three strikes and you are out? As an avid sports fan reading an article about sports at the University of Tampa the sports cliches are just poring out.  The negligent hiring doctrine lays out a simple rule; “If you could have known, you should have known!”  This case however brings a multi-pronged suit to the University of Tampa.  Aside from the obvious, Negligent Hiring, we also have Negligent Retention and Negligent Supervision.  I won’t regurgitate the reasons, you will see that in the article.  I will however stand on my soapbox and say “I told you so.”

No one is immune from a lawsuit.  We have been saying it for years, organizations are liable for not running thorough background checks.  Screening your employees is the simplest way of avoiding a very expensive lawsuit.

This story is a classic text book case. The Case should raise the standard of care when Colleges and Universities make decisions about why, how and who to screen.

Former Cheerleader Suing UT for Hiring Coach Who Raped Her in 2004

Complaint says background check and his prior arrests should have led to red flags

By: Charlie Hambos

A former cheerleader is suing the University of Tampa for negligently hiring her former coach, who pleaded guilty this year to raping her in 2004.

She says the university erred in its background checks and supervision of the cheerleading coach.

Heather Wienclawski, a former Spartan cheerleader and economics major, says she could not finish her studies at UT because she was raped by Thomas Andrew Hall, who had previous battery charges including one on a police officer, when he was hired part-time at UT.

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President & Chief Operating Officer at EmployeeScreenIQ
A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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