What are my employee rights when serving jury duty?

| Apr 9, 2019 | Employer Retaliation

If you have been summoned to serve jury duty, it is likely that you will have to fulfill your duties. However, you may worry that your income and your career prospects will be affected as a result.

It is important that you understand the rights that employees have when serving on a jury. That will enable you to take action in the event you are penalized by your employer for doing your civic duty.

Will I still receive an income while performing jury duty service?

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not make it mandatory for employers to continue paying their employees when they serve on a jury. Pennsylvania law does not set any requirements for payment from employers during jury duty, either. However, your employer may have a policy that promises payment.

Will I get paid for my jury duty service?

In Pennsylvania, jurors will receive $9 per day for the first three days of jury service. If they are required for more than three days, they will be paid $25 for every additional day that they serve.

What happens if I lose my job after serving jury duty?

There are laws in place that protect employers from termination as a result of serving jury duty. Your employer could be charged with a misdemeanor as a result, and you may be able to benefit from reinstatement or financial compensation.

If you want to assert your employee rights after serving jury duty, it is important that you understand the intricacies of the law in Pennsylvania.