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Another Federal Judge Appoints Counsel for Man Claiming to Have Been Fired Over Jury Duty

Posted Feb 22, 2012 5:17 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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It isn't just in Florida that a federal judge has appointed legal counsel to represent an individual who claims to have been fired last month over reporting as required for jury duty.

After finding a reasonable basis for a claim by a suburban Chicago man that he was let go by electronics and appliance store hhgregg because he had been selected for a jury trial that might last two months, Chief Judge James Holderman of the Northern District of Illinois gave the green light to a suit by sales associate James Henders, the Daily Herald reports.

Although the employer said he was fired because of low sales, "it is plausible to infer that the real reason for Mr. Henders’ termination was his jury service," Holder wrote, "because the only difference between Mr. Henders and the other similarly situated sales associates is that Mr. Henders had just informed hhgregg that he would need to miss work for six to eight weeks because of his jury service."

The company declined to comment.

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Federal Court Appoints Lawyer to Sue Employer Who Allegedly Fired Woman on Jury Duty"

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