A tragic case of workplace violence occurred Tuesday afternoon in Louisville, Kentucky at LG&E. Andre Johnson, age 53, was shot and killed by a co-worker. The co-worker then committed suicide. Initial reports have stated that a conflict had existed between Johnson and his murderer for approximately 1 year. These sort of reports are very disturbing form a legal perspective, in that an employer, such as LG&E, owes a duty to its employees to provide a safe workplace. If LG&E was on notice that Mr. Johnson’s co-worker and murderer was a potential danger, then it should have taken action to address this situation. Mr. Johnson’s family and his Estate may have legal claims against LG&E related to his death, including a potential negligent supervision and/or negligent retention claim. The question to be examined is was it “foreseeable” by LG&E that Mr. Johnson’s killer/co-worker would act violently towards Mr. Johnson.
The family of Andre Johnson and his Estate will have a wrongful death claim against Jeremy, “Billy” Davis’ Estate (the co-worker who shot and killed Mr. Johnson). If the facts indicate that LG&E could have or should have done more to prevent this murder in the workplace, then LE&E may also be liable to Mr. Johnson’s family and his Estate for the damages stemming from this workplace violence.
For more information on the rights of persons injured or killed by others, including Kentucky workplace violence, contact Kentucky injury and wrongful death attorney Brent T. Ackerson and the Ackerson Law Offices at (502) 882-5176 or email attorney Ackerson at by clicking here.