Jury duty. An employer may not discharge, penalize (through loss of seniority or benefits), or threaten an employee who is called to serve as a juror. The law does not cover retail or service industry employers with fewer than 15 employees or employers in the manufacturing industry with fewer than 40 employees. An employee who works for an employer that is not covered by the law may ask the court to excuse him or her from jury duty. If an employer that is covered by the law violates these provisions, the employee may sue for reinstatement, back pay and benefits, damages, and attorney's fees (PA Stat. Tit. 42 Sec. 4563).
Court appearance. An employer may not discharge, penalize (through loss of seniority or benefits), or threaten to discharge or penalize an employee who must attend court as a witness to, or as a victim of, a crime, or who is a member of such a victim's family and takes leave to be a witness. An employer that violates this provision may be sued for reinstatement, lost wages and benefits, damages, and attorney's fees (PA Stat. Tit. 18 Sec. 4957).