Can my employer prevent me from serving as a juror?

No.  State law prohibits an employer from discriminating against an employee for taking time off to serve as a juror. 

Note to employers.  Pursuant to Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Section 122.001 Juror’s Right to Reemployment; Notice of Intent to Return.

  • A private employer may not terminate the employment of a permanent employee because an employee serves as a juror.
  • An employee whose employment is terminated in violation of this section is entitled to return to the same employment that the employee held when summoned for jury service if the employee, as soon as practical after release from jury service, gives the employer actual notice that the employee intends to return.

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1. Is jury service mandatory?
2. How was I selected?
3. How can I claim an exemption or disqualification from jury service?
4. How can I postpone (defer) my jury service?
5. Can my employer prevent me from serving as a juror?
6. Does my employer have to pay me while I serve on jury duty?
7. What is acceptable attire for jury service?
8. What if I have a disability, medical/mental health issue that prevents me from attending?
9. Can I be excused due to work related reasons?
10. What if I have a planned vacation on the date I am to appear for jury duty?
11. When will I receive payment for my jury service?
12. I intended to donate my jury pay but received a check. How can I donate?
13. I received my check, but the amount is incorrect. Who do I contact?
14. I never received my jury check. How do I get a replacement?