Don’t let jury duty force you to defend yourself in court

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Both Illinois and federal laws require employers to let their employees off for jury duty. Additionally, employers may not penalize employees for serving on a jury. No matter how obvious this is, every now and then, employers try to get back at employees who perform their civic duties. It never works.

Replaced by failed supervisor

Karen McCoy worked in the parts department of Elgin-based commercial oven manufacturer Middleby Marshall. In early 2008, she received a summons for federal jury duty. McCoy immediately told her supervisor about the summons. The supervisor merely said, “OK.”

A few weeks later McCoy reported for jury duty on a Monday morning. She pulled duty on a trial that lasted through the week. She called her employer on Friday to ask whether she could work on Saturday. Receiving no answer, she left a message on her supervisor’s voice mail.

The following Monday, McCoy arrived at work two hours early. S...(register to read more)

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