Wisconsin Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Wisconsin Discrimination: What you need to know

The Wisconsin Fair Employment Act (WFEA) prohibits employment discrimination because of age, race, creed, color, disability, marital status, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, arrest or conviction record, genetic test results, military service, use or nonuse of lawful products away from the workplace during nonworking hours, or declining to attend a meeting or to participate in any communication about religious or political matters. The WFEA covers employers with one or more employees and includes the state and its political subdivisions (WI Gen. Stat. Sec. 111.31 et seq.).
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Like federal law under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the WFEA prohibits discrimination in hiring, advancement, compensation, or any other condition of employment.
Each sponsor of an apprenticeship program registered with the state must recruit, select, employ, and train apprentices without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex (WI Admin. Code DWD Sec. 296.04 et seq.).
The WFEA also limits employers' use of honesty testing and genetic testing. Additional information is available. .
The WFEA requires employers to make reasonable attempts to accommodate the religious observances and practices of employees and applicants for employment, unless such accommodation would pose an undue hardship on the employer. Such accommodation may include adjusting work schedules to permit an employee time off for religious holidays and Sabbath observances. Employers are not required to grant employees such time off if no appropriate substitutes are available or if such accommodation otherwise poses an undue hardship to the ...

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