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Wisconsin’s Fair Employment Law

Wisconsin's Fair Employment Law gives civil rights protections to qualified persons with disabilities. The law applies to virtually all private and public employers, regardless of the number of employees.

A reasonable accommodation is any modification or adjustment to a job, the work environment or how things are done that enables a qualified applicant or employee with a disability to participate in the application process, perform essential job functions or enjoy the same employment rights and privileges as other employees.

An employer is required to make a reasonable accommodation unless it would result in a hardship to the business.

An employee who is not returned to work following a work-related injury, must file this type of complaint with DlLHR's Worker's Compensation Division, (608) 266-1340. However, if the injury results in a permanent disability, and the employee is not reasonably accommodated or is adversely affected on the job because of the disability, a separate right of action may exist under federal law. The employee may want to contact the EEOC to inquire about filing a complaint under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

Persons who believe they have been discriminated against because of a disability may file a complaint with the Equal Rights Division within 300 days of knowing about the alleged discrimination.

Department of Workforce Development

(608) 266-3131

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

310 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 800
Milwaukee, Wl 53203
(414) 297-1111, (414) 297-1115 (TDD)

Provides information about federal employment protections under the ADA