Jury duty. An employer may not discharge, threaten to discharge, or otherwise intimidate an employee because the employee serves on or is scheduled to serve on a jury. Employees returning from jury duty must be reinstated at their previous level of seniority.
An employer that violates this provision may be ordered to reinstate the employee to his or her former position without loss of seniority. An employer may also be ordered to pay the employee's attorney's fees and other costs, as well as damages of up to $1,000 for each violation. If the court determines that an employee's lawsuit was “frivolous,” the court may award the prevailing employer reasonable attorney's fees (WY Stat. Sec. 1-11-401).
Court appearance. An employer may not discharge or discipline an employee who is a victim or witness due to the employee’s involvement with the criminal justice process. An employer may not change the terms of employment of victim or witness who responds to a subpoena from either the prosecution or defense in a criminal case during working hours for responding to the subpoena (WY Stat. Sec. 1-40-209).
Last reviewed March 2015.