If I was working the night a person slipped on ice outside the facility, what are my rights getting paid by my employer for my time as a witness?

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If I was working the night a person slipped on ice outside the facility, what are my rights getting paid by my employer for my time as a witness?

This person is now suing. My employer’s lawyer has called me several times, keeping me on the phone for over 2 hours. I did not see anything but the lawyer wants me to explain procedures, etc. Do I get a fee if summoned to court? And what about all of the time spent on the phone?

Asked on July 14, 2014 under Employment Labor Law, New York

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

If you are subpoenaed as a witness for your employer then New York only requires that you get a $15 fee and no money for mileage. That is for a deposition or at trial.  I would speak with the lawyer and your employer about "lost wages" during all of this and see if he or she offers to make a deal.   


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