Employee Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Employee.

Employee (noun)

  1. An individual who is paid to perform work or duties under the control or direction of a person or entity, known as an employer. The role is characterized by a mutual agreement where the employee receives wages, salary, or other forms of payment in exchange for services.

  2. In legal terms, an employee can also be referred to as an "agent", while the employer can be known as the "principal". This relationship is significant in situations involving worker's compensation, personal injury, or when the employee's actions result in damage to another party, potentially making the employer responsible for any resulting damages.