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Jury duty and court attendance leave

An employer may not discriminate against an employee for taking time off to serve as a juror at an inquest or trial or if the employee is a victim of a crime and is required to appear as a witness.Additionally, an employer may not do the following:


    • Discriminate against an employee for taking time off to obtain relief as a result of domestic violence. 
    • Discharge or discriminate or retaliate against an employee, including but not limited to an employee who is a victim of a crime, for taking time off to appear in court to comply with a subpoena or other court order as a witness in any judicial proceeding. 
    • Discharge or discriminate or retaliate against an employee who is a victim of domestic violence or a victim of sexual assault for taking time off to obtain or attempt to obtain any relief, including but not limited to a temporary restraining order, restraining order or other injunctive relief, to help ensure the health, safety or welfare of the victim or his or her child. 
An employer can, however, require that an employee provide reasonable notice to the employer. It is not a requirement to compensate employees for time off to serve on juries or to appear as a witness; however,an employee may use vacation, personal leave or compensatory time off that is otherwise available to the employee under the applicable terms of employment unless otherwise provided by a collective bargaining agreement for time taken off.