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Thank you for using Just Answer.You could bring suit against the employee for negligent infliction of emotional distress (or intentional infliction of emotional distress, if you can prove he specifically brought it in with the intent to scare you as opposed to say, just showing it off to people). The basic elements of emotional distress that you must prove are:
Damages can include things like the (uninsured portion) of doctor visits, therapy, medication, missed work days, and so forth.I don't see a successful claim against the nursing home because the employee wasn't working in the course and scope of his employment at the time. In other words, his superiors didn't tell him "Hey, we think it would be a great idea if you could bring in that very large snake you own and have it around our patients and other staff members." When an employer is directing an employee who then causes harm, that's different. For example, if an employer sends a driver out on a call, who then causes an accident and injures someone, the employer could be held liable. That is not, in my professional opinion, the case here, so your remedies, if any, lie with the employee.
I understand he was on the clock, that doesn't mean he was working in the "course and scope" of employment, however. In general, if an action is done in the ordinary course of a job, it is considered to be within the scope of the job or the employment. If a person is directed to do an action by his or her employer, that action is also considered to be within the scope of the job, even if it is not an ordinary job duty. Unless this person's job involves them working with reptiles at the home, or they are directed to bring the reptiles to work by the employer, it doesn't rise to the level of being within the employer's responsibility.