Senate Democrats gave U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch a hard time over what’s become known as “The Case of the Frozen Trucker.” One cold night on a highway in Illinois, the brakes on trucker Alphonse Maddin’s trailer froze, and he nearly froze while waiting for help to arrive. After three hours, Maddin unhitched the trailer and drove away, despite his employer’s order to stay with the cargo.
Gorsuch wrote that the employer had the legal right to fire the driver, but the senators said a trucker shouldn’t have to risk death on the road just to keep his job.
Something similar is going on in California, except the risk isn’t from freezing, it’s from burning.
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