Can my employer refuse to give me time off to go to courtif Ihave been subpoenaed?

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Can my employer refuse to give me time off to go to courtif Ihave been subpoenaed?

Asked on August 9, 2011 Alaska

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Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

No, you employer cannot refuse to give you time off from work to go to court after you have been served with a trial subpoena. A trial subpoena served upon a person is an order to appear in court at a set time, date amd location. Failure to obey a served subpoena can subject one to severe penalties such as contempt of a court order with resulting jail time and/or monetary fines.

An employer who refuses to allow an employee time off work to attend trial pursuant to a valid subpoena would be in violation of many labor laws in this country but also could be subject to being charged with a criminal offense.

 


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