THE LAW: Most states have laws protecting workers who are called to serve on juries. Employers are essentially barred from retaliating against employees in any way because they fulfill their civic duty.
Before 1978, courts could cite interfering employers for contempt of court. Congress found the contempt citation too weak a tool to protect employees and passed the Federal Jury Act.
The law (USC Title 28, Part V, Ch. 121, § 1875) makes it clear that employers may not “discharge, threaten to discharge, intimidate, or coerce any permanent employee by reason of such employee’s jury service, or the attendance or scheduled attendance in connection with such service, in any court of the United States.” Employers that break the law face fines of up to $5,000 for each violation, in addition to back pay and other damages payable to the employee.
Employees who believe their employer violated this law don’t have to retain their own att...(register to read more)