Judge chides supervisor for firing threat over jury duty

July 24, 2019 - 4:06 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge has chastised a hospital supervisor who threatened to fire a worker who was called to jury duty.

The Charlotte Observer reports Mecklenburg County Superior Court Judge Todd Pomeroy ordered Ashley Sterchi, a supervisor at Iredell Memorial Hospital, to appear in court after learning of the emails from a potential juror.

Pomeroy told Sterchi he didn't want a member of the jury pool to worry about being fired. Sterchi told the judge that the employee had other job-related issues that prompted the message, but said she was sorry about the email, adding that it was sent "out of frustration."

Potential jurors are notified weeks in advance that they may be called, but they only have three days to call a number to see if they've been selected.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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