Jury duty questions

Asked over 1 year ago - Chelmsford, MA

My husband was recently selected to do jury duty and may last for weeks. His company policy is to pay the salary minus what the state pays him. His boss told him as salary employee, he's obligated to finish his work. Sounds like he has to work 8 hours after serve jury duty every day. Is this legal? This is creating a lot of stress to him and our family. We want him to say no, but are afraid he will lose his job. We need some legal advice. Thank you!

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  1. Deborah Gwen Roher


    Contributor Level 14

    Answered . The employer's expectation certainly seems inconsistent with good citizenship. We are all expected to give triennial jury service our full attention, as befits the solemn nature of our responsibility to help administer justice in our community. Firing your husband for prioritizing his jury service might fall within the narrow category of causes for termination that would be considered illegal, but understandably you don't want to be the test case for this scenario. Perhaps the ACLU can advise you or intercede with the employer to rethink its position. Their Boston office can be reached at 617-482-3170.

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  2. Erik Hammarlund

    Contributor Level 18

    Answered . They don't actually have to pay him after three days, in most cases.

    You may want to look at http://www.mass.gov/courts/sjc/jury-system-b.html

    The system isn't great for many jurors, and your husband may not have the rights that you think.

    Do you want accurate, personalized, legal advice that you can rely on? You will have to hire an attorney, not ask... more

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