Court appearance protection. Michigan law prohibits employers from disciplining, discharging, or threatening any employee who is subpoenaed and required to appear in court as a victim of a crime or to act as victim representative who attends court to be present during the testimony of the victim.
A "victim representative" means a guardian or custodian of a child of a deceased victim if the child is less than 18 years of age; a parent, guardian, or custodian of a victim of assault if the victim is less than 18 years old; a person who has been designated to act in place of a victim of assault while the victim is physically or emotionally disabled.
Employers that violate this law commit a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for up to 90 days and/or a fine and may be punished for contempt of court (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 780.762).
The law does not require employers to pay employees for absences for court appearance.