The Labor Standards Retaliation Law
Under Section 111.31-111.395 of the Wisconsin Statutes an employer is prohibited from retaliating against any employee who files a complaint, attempts to enforce a right permitted by statute, or testifies in a case, or assists in a case under the state's labor standards laws such as child labor, minimum wage, hours of work and overtime, wage payment and collection, and prevailing wage rate laws.
The law's protections also apply if an employer takes an adverse employment action against the employee because that employer believes the employee has exercised any of the above rights.
Retaliation protection applies to the following laws only:
- the Wisconsin Hours of Labor Act, sec. 103.02, Stats.
- the Wisconsin Open Personnel Records Act, sec. 103.13, Stats.
- the Wisconsin Street Trades Act, sec. 103.28, Stats.
- the Wisconsin Street Trades Act, sec. 103.32, Stats. (wage claims provision)
- the Wisconsin Deduction Recovery Act, sec. 103.455, Stats.
- the Wage Rate on State Work Act, sec. 103.49, Stats.
- the Wisconsin Highway Contracts Act, sec. 103.50, Stats.
- the Wisconsin Minimum Wage Act, sec. 104.12, Stats.
- the Wisconsin Wage Payment Act, sec. 109.03, Stats.
- the Wisconsin Plant Closing Act, sec. 109.07, Stats.
- the Wisconsin Employment of Minors Act, secs. 103.64-103.82, Stats.
- the Wisconsin Prevailing Wage Act, sec. 66.0903, Stats.
- Traveling Sales Crews, sec. 103.34, Stats.
- Cessation of Healthcare Benefits, sec. 109.075, Stats.
- Prevailing Wage for Local Professional Football Stadium Districts, sec. 229.8275, Stats.
- the Internet Privacy Protection Act, sec. 995.55, Stats.
File a Complaint
If you believe that you were retaliated against in violation of this section you may file a Discrimination Complaint with the Division.