United States District Court
28 U.S.C.§1875 states that no employer may discharge or suspend
any employee for serving as a juror; any employee serving as a
juror shall retain and be entitled to the same job status, pay, and
seniority as he or she had prior to serving as a juror.
However, the employer has discretion as to whether absence for jury
duty is with or without pay.
Financial hardship is not usually a valid reason for the Court
to grant an excuse by an indivdual summoned for jury duty,
especially if the individual is working regularly in a permanent
position with a salary or set hourly rate. Unless there are
some compelling reasons for that excuse, it will not be
An employer cannot request an excuse on behalf of an
employee. Letters from employers are not accepted
by the Court.
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