If judges are like umpires in a baseball game, to borrow from an old courthouse cliche, then 9th Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski might say a Northern District of California bankruptcy judge blew the call in a dispute between a Silicon Valley tech company and its employees.

In a sharply worded, unanimous opinion issued Thursday, Kozinski slammed the Northern District U.S. Bankruptcy Court for rushing to dismiss sex discrimination claims from three female factory workers who manufacture semiconductor products for the San Jose, Calif.-based company ZiLOG.

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