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When jury duty will last a month, do we have to hold the employee’s job?

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Q. We are a small business and cannot afford to have employees out for extended leaves. One of our employees has been accepted for jury duty on a lengthy trial that we’re told could continue for at least another month. Do we have to keep her job open for her? — S.L., South St. Paul

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Under Minnesota law, employers are prohibited from taking adverse action against an employee who is performing jury service. An employee who is terminated in violation of this statute may bring a civil action to recover lost wages and attorneys’ fees, and to obtain an order requiring reinstatement to his or her position. There are potential criminal penalties for violating this law as well.

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