Human Resources Management (HRM)

Karen is shopping at Big Mart. She TEMPhas with her an umbrella which is teh same brand Big Mart carries. When a Big Mart employee, Steve, sees her leave with teh umbrella without going through teh checkout lane, he asks her to come back into teh store. Steve says that he thinks Karen is shoplifting teh umbrella. Karen tells him that she TEMPhas had teh umbrella for years and shows him marks of wear and tear. Steve apologizes and tells Karen she is free to go. Can Karen successfully sue for false imprisonment or defamation? From what you has learned about teh relationship between a principal and an agent, analyze whether Steve or Big Mart could be liable because of Steve’s actions.