Oklahoma - Jury Duty Employer Obligations
Oklahoma - Jury Duty and Work | Employer Obligations
In Oklahoma, employers are required to provide you with unpaid time off for reporting to jury selection or jury duty. You may have to show your employer your jury summons in order to be given the necessary leave.
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.
No provisions of the law require an employer to pay an employee wages for absence due to jury duty.
Employee must give reasonable notice of summons.
An employer is not by law prescribed to provide an employee with annual, vacation or sick leave for the purpose of jury duty leave unless employee is entitled to such benefits under company policies, and unless the employee elects to take that paid leave.
You will receive a nominal jury duty payment from the State of Oklahoma 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.
No employer shall terminate, remove, or otherwise subject to any adverse employment action, an employee who gave reasonable notice of jury summons and subsequent juror duties.
An employer cannot require or request an employee to use annual, vacation or sick leave for time spent fulfilling jury duties.
You should be sure to show your employer your Oklahoma 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.
An employer may be found guilty of a misdemeanor and may be punished by a fine of up to $5,000.
Discharged employee may bring a civil action for both actual and exemplary damages. Damages can include but not limited to: lost earnings, both past and future, the value of lost leave, mental anguish and all reasonable damages incurred in obtaining other suitable employment.
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.