“An employer shall not deprive an employee of his employment, seniority position or benefits, or threaten or otherwise coerce him with respect thereto, because the employee receives a summons, responds thereto, serves as a juror or attends court for prospective jury service.” — 42 Pa. C.S.§4563
The right to a jury trial is guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution and in all state constitutions. If people called to serve on juries could be punished for serving, it wouldn’t be long before courts wouldn’t be able to muster enough folks to create jury panels.
Because Pennsylvania takes jury duty seriously, the legislature passed a law prohibiting most employers from retaliating against or punishing employees who become jurors.
Ordinarily, most employers won’t be seriously inconvenienced by an employee’s jury duty. Most jurors serve for just a few days or a week. In some cases, jurors hearing complicated cases may be sequestered....(register to read more)