I signed an offer for a new position last night, and I am due to start work on November 30. Just today, I received a letter in the mail from the state in which I live, where they summoned me for Jury Duty on December 16th. I'm a bit nervous about having to take off as a result of this, because I've heard it looks very bad for an employee to take any days off within the 90-day probationary period. How do I handle this elegantly?
I should also add that the state in which I live does not take work as an excuse to avoid jury duty, and avoiding jury duty in the US is a crime.