My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Tennessee
I have been teaching preschool for a little over a month and was recently summoned to jury duty. Last weekend I called the general session clerk's message line as I am required to do every weekend during my service and found out that there would be a jury trial on Wed (yesterday.) I informed my director and provided her with a copy of my paper proving I am required to serve. She was upset becasue I have to serve for a few more months (which could mean more trials) and she said the owner wouldn't want to pay for me while I was at jury duty and another teacher to watch my classroom. She also asked me to come in as soon as the trial was over so that they wouldnt have to pay someone for the whole day.
I worked the day before the trial and everything was fine. The only issue was a question I had about pay stubs. My employer pays us direct deposit but we do not receive pay stubs. I felt that some of my wages were missing (around a hundred dollars) but I had no way to prove it because we do not get any type of pay stub. She said that she would talk to the owner.
I showed up for jury duty but ended up being excused later on from the trial. When I called my employer to ask if I needed to come in I received no answer on the phone. I live almost an hour from my job so I didnt want to drive over unless I was needed. About an hour later I received a text message stating that they were terminating me because of parents complaints and a classroom that was out of control. I have never been written up or given verbal warnings about this before.
Today I went in to get my things from the classroom and the director apologized and said she was only doing what the owner asked her to do (send the text.) She said that I was a great employee and that she would give me a good reference if needed but the decision was out of her control.
I'm pretty sure the reason I was terminated was because of the jury service and questioning about the check stubs and missing pay. I have pulled up the TCA codes and know that it is illegal but I wonder what my next step would be and if I would have a hard time proving that it was actually because of jury service.