Discrimination in Employment


The Wisconsin Fair Employment Law prohibits employers, employment agencies, labor unions, and licensing agencies from discriminating against employees and job applicants because of any of the following:

The statute of limitations for filing a complaint is 300 days from the date the action was taken or the individual was made aware the action was taken.

What actions are covered?

The law prohibits discrimination in: recruitment and hiring, job assignments, pay, leave or benefits, promotion, licensing, union membership, training, layoff and firing, and other employment related actions.

Employees may not be harassed in the workplace based on a protected status nor retaliated against for filing a complaint, for assisting with a complaint, or for opposing discrimination in the workplace. Read Retaliation Protection under the Fair Employment Law.

Filing a Complaint

The Process and Complaint Form

Complaint Withdrawal

To withdraw a Civil Rights complaint file the Request to Withdraw Complaint

Posting Requirements

Every employer, employment agency, labor organization, and licensing agency subject to the act shall post in a conspicuous place upon its premises, a poster prepared and made available by the department, relating to the provisions of the act.

Wisconsin Fair Employment Law - Workplace Posters

Fair Employment Law References

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