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!
Employment / Labor Attorney
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.
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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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