Alabama - Jury Duty Employer Obligations
Alabama - Jury Duty and Work | Employer Obligations
in Alabama, your employer is not only required to give you leave for jury duty, but they are required to pay you your normal wages for all working hours spent at jury selection or jury duty. This is a rare guarantee, as most states only require that employees be provided with unpaid leave for serving on a jury.
Your employer can never punish you for missing work to attend jury duty. However, if missing work would cause your employer undue hardship, it may be considered as an acceptable jury duty excuse.
In Alabama, full time employees are entitled to time off, with their usual pay.
It should be noted that such employees are required to show their supervisor the jury summons at the time of their next working day.
They are also required to return to work at their next scheduled hour, after jury duty has been completed.
You will receive a nominal jury duty payment from the State of Alabama for each day you serve on a jury, as well as potential reimbursements for travel expenses. However, jury duty pay tends to be a token amount rather than actual compensation.
In Alabama, no permanent employee may be threatened with discharge, be discharged, intimidated, or coerced as a result of their duties as a juror.
You should be sure to show your employer your Alabama jury duty summons letter when you receive it, and update them with your jury duty dates if you are assigned to a trial, to ensure that you receive your mandatory time off.
Should an Alabama employer penalize or fire an employee as a result of their jury duty, the employer in question would be liable for any wages or benefits lost by the employee, subject to a financial civil penalty of $5,000 or less, and may be required to provide other methods of relief for the employee, such as reinstating said employee.
If you have been punished for missing work due to jury duty, contact the joror office of the court that summoned you, and they will assist in ensuring that your rights are protected.