Franchise law can be complex, and it is often unclear whether or to what degree a franchisor can be liable for the actions of a franchisee. This is because the franchisee for the most part operates independently of the franchising company. However, sometimes a franchisor can be held liable for a franchisee lawsuit. This was the case in a recent sexual harassment case in California against Domino's Pizza.
Several victims of sexual harassment have come forward with accusations against Carlos Bustamante, a former Orange County official and current Santa Ana city councilman. He stands accused of sexual harassment against women with whom he worked with while employed as a public works executive with the county. His arrest has focused a spotlight on these types of crimes and the efforts of victims who seek to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.