An “at will” employee may nevertheless state a claim for wrongful termination where the termination violates a fundamental public policy. In Franklin v. The Monadnock Company, a California court of appeal applied this exception to revive a wrongful termination claim dismissed by a trial court. Franklin alleged that a coworker, Ventura, threatened to kill him and other employees of the Monadnock Group. Franklin complained to Human Resources about the threat, yet the employer allegedly took no action. A week after Franklin’s initial complaint, Ventura allegedly attacked Franklin. After Franklin complained, both internally and to law enforcement, Monadnock terminated his employment. Reversing an order dismissing the case, the court of appeal held that Franklin could pursue a claim for wrongful termination in violation of the fundamental public policy requiring employers to provide a safe workplace.