Jury duty. An employer may not threaten, coerce, or deprive an employee of employment or health insurance because the employee has been summoned for jury service, serves as a juror, or attends court for prospective jury service. An employer that violates this is subject to criminal prosecution (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 14 Sec. 1218).
An employer that discharges an employee or terminates health insurance because of jury service may be liable for lost wages and/or health insurance benefits and required to reinstate the employee, provided that the suit is filed within 90 days of discharge.
The employer may also be ordered to pay up to 6 weeks' worth of wages in damages, as well as reasonable attorneys' fees (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 14 Sec. 1218).
Court appearance. Maine law does not address employee absences for court appearances.