Filing a Complaint
Fair Employment Law
Wisconsin's Fair Employment Law makes it unlawful for employers, employment agencies, labor unions, or licensing agencies to discriminate against employees and job applicants because of any of the following:
- Age Discrimination
- Arrest and/or Conviction Record
- Genetic Testing
- Honesty Testing
- Marital Status
- Military Service
- Pregnancy or Childbirth
- Race, Color, National Origin, or Ancestry
- Sex Discrimination
- Sexual Orientation
- Use or nonuse of lawful products off the employer's premises during nonworking hours
Harassment in the Workplace
Harassment becomes illegal when an employer, supervisor, or co-worker harasses a person because of their race, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, age (40 and up), disability, sex, arrest or conviction record, marital status, sexual orientation, or membership in the military reserve.
The behavior must be more than a few isolated incidents or casual comments. It must involve a pattern of abusive or degrading conduct directed against a protected class member that is sufficient to interfere with his or her work or that creates an offensive and hostile work environment.
Fair Housing and Discrimination
Wisconsin's Fair Housing Law prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age (18 and over are protected), disability, lawful source of income, family status, marital status, and sexual orientation. The law also discusses accessibility requirements and provides an exemption for housing for older persons.
Discrimination in Public Places of Accommodation or Amusement
Wisconsin's Public Accommodations law provides that, in places of public accommodation or amusement, it is against the law to deny service or to give unequal treatment in service because of sex, race, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, or ancestry. Discrimination in relation to age, 18 and older, is only unlawful in regard to lodging establishments.
"Public accommodations" includes, but is not limited to, hotels, motels, restaurants, taverns, retail stores, exercise clubs, dry cleaners, auto repair shops, and other service establishments. The law does not apply when a private, nonprofit organization provides goods or services to only its members or their guests.
Discrimination Because of Physical Condition or a Developmental Disability in Postsecondary Education
Wisconsin's law also prohibits educational institutions offering postsecondary educational programs or vocational training from discriminating in admission practices because of physical condition or a developmental disability. This prohibition applies to admission to the school, institution, course, program, or any curricular or extracurricular activity.
Discrimination Because of Social Media in Employment, Educational Institutions or Housing
State law protects the privacy of personal internet accounts from employers, educational institutions, and landlords under certain circumstances.