Jury duty. Georgia law prohibits employers from threatening, discharging, or otherwise penalizing employees who have been called to jury duty or subpoenaed to appear at judicial proceedings, except criminal proceedings against the employee.
An employer that violates this provision may be liable for damages and reasonable attorneys' fees (GA Code Sec. 34-1-3).
Employers may require employees to give reasonable notification of an expected absence or tardiness for attendance at a judicial proceeding.
Court appearance. Georgia courts have held that an employee is not required to prove that a court order or subpoena mandating his or her appearance was actually enforceable in order to assert a claim under the jury duty statute.
Rather, the plaintiff need only show that the order was facially valid so that a reasonable employee would have understood it to mandate compliance (Thomas v. HL-A-Co., 313 Ga. App. 94 (2011)).