This article strives to sort through the sundry ramifications of the law of misrepresentation. Accordingly, the three major classifications of misrepresentation - fraudulent, negligent, and innocent - will be differentiated clearly and then examined extensively. The elements constituting each category of misrepresentation action will be explained and illustrated. The article will focus upon the nature and extent of the tort action available to an aggrieved party who was induced to enter into a transaction or relationship by the misrepresentation of another. This tort analysis will include not only the traditional cause of action of deceit, but also the emerging tort of negligent misrepresentation in the employment context. The article will also attempt to ascertain the efficacy of the cause of action of innocent misrepresentation in an employment setting.
Frank J. Cavico, Fraudulent, Negligent, and Innocent Misrepresentation in the Employment Context: The Deceitful, Careless, and Thoughtless Employer, 20 Campbell L. Rev. 1 (1997).