Jury duty. It is unlawful for an employer to discharge, eliminate benefits, or otherwise penalize an employee for taking time off for jury duty as long as the employee shows the summons to his or her employer the day after receiving it. The employee is entitled to time off from work for each day that jury duty exceeds 3 hours. In addition, employees are excused from shiftwork that immediately precedes the first day of jury service and, thereafter, from shiftwork within 24 hours of the day of the jury service (TN Stat. Sec. 22-4-106).
An employee who has been fired, demoted, or suspended in violation of this law is entitled to reinstatement as well as lost wages and benefits. An employer that violates any of these provisions is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor (TN Stat. Sec. 22-4-106).
Exemptions. This law does not apply to employers that regularly employ fewer than five people or to temporary employees employed for fewer than 6 months.