To understand why 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Sidney Thomas is a finalist for elevation to the U.S. Supreme Court, look at Jackson v. Rent-a-Center West.

The case was argued before the Supreme Court last week, but Thomas wrote the majority opinion (pdf) when it was before the 9th Circuit. Antonio Jackson, an African-American employee, claimed he was denied promotions because of his race. His company mandated arbitration, a device progressives say is unfairly stacked against the little guy.

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