Wisconsin Fair Employment Law

Section 111.31-111.395 Wisconsin Statutes and DWD 218 Wisconsin Administrative Code requires that all employers prominently display this Poster in all places of employment.

It is unlawful to discriminate against employees and job applicants because of their:

  • Sex
  • Color
  • Ancestry
  • Disability
  • Marital Status
  • Race
  • Creed (Religion)
  • Age (40 or Over)
  • Declining to Attend a Meeting or Participate in any Communication About Religious or Political Matters
  • Use of Lawful Products
  • Arrest or Conviction
  • Honesty Testing
  • National Origin
  • Pregnancy or Childbirth
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Genetic Testing
  • Military Service

This law applies to employers, employment agencies, labor unions and licensing agencies.

Employers may not require certain types of honesty testing or genetic testing as a condition of employment, nor discipline an employee because of the results.

Employees may not be harassed in the workplace based on their protected status nor retaliated against for filing a complaint, for assisting with a complaint, or for opposing discrimination in the workplace.

There is a 300-day time limit for filing a discrimination complaint.

For more information or a copy of the law and the administrative rules contact:


201 E Washington Ave Room A100
PO BOX 8928
Madison WI 53708-8928

Telephone: (608) 266-6860

819 N 6th St
Room 723
Milwaukee WI 53203

Telephone: (414) 227-4384

Website: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/er/

The Department of Workforce Development is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. If you have a disability and need to access this information in an alternate format or need it translated to another language, please contact us.

Print Version of the ERD-4531-P Poster