Narrowcast Supreme Court Opinion Contains Hidden Gems

So, I actually did not read Miklosy v. Regents on the day it was issued. The headline holding is that the state's Whistleblower Protection Act, Gov't Code section 8547 et seq., does not apply to the University of California, unless the University fails to address an internal complaint. Of course, this case is important to the University, its lawyers, its employees, and people who sue the University. But I'm none of those.

Yet, at the end of the opinion, the Court made some key rulings that affect all of us California employment lawyers:
- the court endorsed the long line of court of appeal decisions holding that individuals may not be held liable for wrongful termination in violation of public policy;
- the court held that claims for intentional infliction of emotional distress are preempted by the Workers' Compensation Act even when the conduct alleged violates public policy. The claim for wrongful termination is not preempted, but the common law IIED claim is.
- public entities may not be sued for wrongful termination in violation of public policy.