The California Supreme Court sounded ready Wednesday to uphold an injunction barring an employee of Avis Rent a Car from using racial epithets in the workplace.

From the start, Chief Justice Ronald George dominated the argument, suggesting he was once again taking the reins in a politically sensitive case. With the exception of Justices Joyce Kennard and Janice Rogers Brown, who sounded like they would dissent, at least in part, most of the other justices appeared ready to follow George’s lead, and asked few questions.

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