9th Circuit rescues popular garbage man's claims from the trash

When a waste company fired a long-serving and well-liked garbage truck driver, the community rallied to his support. The employer agreed to bring him back to work, but it then fired him again when he didn't provide a work authorization document within three days of rehire. A panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all California employers) recently found the employer's claimed reason for the discharge not to be legitimate and allowed the driver to proceed with claims of age discrimination and retaliation.

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