I received a traffic violation and requested to take unpaid leave to show up to court. I did not request to utilize any other time or have my pay compensated. I have been undergoing Medical Treatments for cancer and placed on and off work status intermittently due to medications and the impact it could have for the safety of myself as well as my coworkers( I work in a prison). It has always been my understanding that a traffic citation is an order to appear. Am I wrong in this thought process? For me the harsh reality is that a failure to appear is a misdemeanor and could impact my employment. Not to mention what should be only a $50 traffic ticket will end up being closer to 1800 with imposed civil assessments... But could be worse if warrant is issued for failure to appear.
Generally, an employer is not required to give you time off for traffic court unless you have an employment contract that says so.
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