Jury duty. Kansas law prohibits all employers from discharging or threatening to discharge any permanent employee because the employee attends court as a prospective juror or serves as a juror in any court in Kansas (KS Stat. Sec. 43-173(a)).
The employee is considered to be on furlough or a leave of absence and is entitled to participate in insurance and other benefits according to the employer's policies relating to leaves of absence.
Upon return to work, the employee must be reinstated to his or her former job without loss of seniority.
An employer that violates this provision may be ordered to reinstate the employee and may be held liable for lost wages, benefits, actual damages, and attorneys’ fees.
Court appearance—private employers. No Kansas law specifically requires employers to provide leave for employees to serve as witnesses, but employees may be protected through other statutes, depending on circumstances.
Court appearance—public employers. State government employees are entitled to leave with pay to comply with a subpoena to appear as witnesses.
Retaliation. The Kansas Act Against Discrimination (KAAD) prohibits retaliation against employees for assisting or testifying in support of a KAAD proceeding. The KAAD applies to all employers with four or more employees, including all Kansas government entities, except for nonprofit fraternal or social associations and corporations.