Franklin v. The Monadnock Co., 151 Cal. App. 4th 252 (2007)

Calvin Franklin alleged that a co-worker had threatened to have him and three other employees killed, that Monadnock did nothing in response to the threats and that the co-worker thereafter assaulted him with a screwdriver. After Franklin reported the threats and the assault to the police, his employment was terminated. Franklin alleged that he was terminated in violation of the public policy that requires employers to provide a safe and secure workplace and that encourages employees to report credible threats of violence. Although the trial court sustained the employer’s demurrer, the Court of Appeal reversed, holding that plaintiff had properly alleged a claim for wrongful termination in violation of public policy.