Man says hhgregg fired him over jury duty

February 22, 2012 6:07:24 AM PST
A Chicago-area man is taking legal action against his former employer for allegedly firing him as a sales associate because he was called to serve on a federal jury. James Henders accuses the Arlington Heights hhgregg electronics store of violating laws barring employers from firing workers because they've been summoned to jury duty.

Those summoned must report. And they can be tied up at a trial for weeks, posing financial hardships for jurors and employers.

The chief judge at U.S. District Court in Chicago, James Holderman, is hearing the case. He ruled recently that Henders' claims may have merit and can proceed.

A supervisor at the hhgregg store declined any comment Tuesday.

If they're found to have violated the law, employers can be on the hook for back pay.