Wyoming Jury Duty/ Court Appearance laws & HR compliance analysis

Wyoming Jury Duty/ Court Appearance: What you need to know

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.
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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).
Wyoming law does not require employers to pay employees who are absent for jury duty. Although not required to do so, many employers do pay all employees called to jury duty or court appearances, regardless of exempt or nonexempt status (see Federal Law Considerations for Exempt Employees in this section for details).
The prevailing attitude among employers is that an employee summoned to serve on a jury or to testify has a civic obligation to do so and that it is the company's responsibility to support the fulfillment of that obligation. This is achieved by protecting the employee from loss of ...

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