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While watching last night’s two repeat episodes, I noticed that Dwight Schrute potentially exposed Sabre/Dunder Mifflin to significant liability in the opening scene of “Sex-Ed” (originally aired on October 14, 2010). Viewing the episode from a different angle, I note that Dwight revealed that he regularly hires day-laborers in the morning, promises to pay them at 6:00 p.m., and then cheats them out of their wages by abandoning them in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at 5:45 p.m. under the pretext that they are in Canada. Moreover, Dwight apparently uses the day-laborers for work at the Scranton branch. What Dwight revealed in this two minute segue should send chills down any employer’s back.

Sabre/Dunder Mifflin may be able to avoid liability by arguing that Dwight acted solely on his own behalf. However, in this episode, one day-laborer’s work benefited the company – as he removed, or attempted to remove, an angry hornet nest from the parking lot. Further, if Dwight used the day-laborers with Michael Scott’s or Jim Halpert’s knowledge, the company’s defenses would be considerably weaker.

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