Fair Employment Law
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:
- Age Discrimination
- Arrest and/or Conviction Record
- Ancestry, Color, National Origin or Race
- Genetic Testing
- Honesty Testing
- Marital Status
- Military Service
- Pregnancy or Childbirth
- Sex Discrimination
- Sexual Orientation
- Use or nonuse of lawful products off the employer's premises during nonworking hours
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 or union membership, training, layoff and firing and other employment related actions.
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 - read Retaliation Protection under the Fair Employment Law.
Filing a Complaint
The Process and Complaint Form
- Fair Employment Law and Complaint Process Publication (formerly named ERD-6061-P) ( English | Spanish )
- Fair Employment Complaint Form (formerly named ERD-4206-P) ( English | Spanish )
To withdraw a Civil Rights complaint file the: Request to Withdraw Complaint (ERD-4971-E)
Poster 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 and this chapter.
Fair Employment Law References
- Information on the Civil Rights Complaint Process
- Posting Requirements for the Wisconsin Fair Employment Law Poster
- Fair Hiring and Avoiding Loaded Questions
- Settlement: An Alternative to Investigation and Hearing
- Fair Employment Law And Family and Medical Leave Act-Remedies at a Glance
- Worker Classification Website: Is a Worker an "Employee" or "Independent Contractor"?
- Equal Rights Division's Attorney Referral List
- What Are the Rules for Conducting Discovery?