The Wisconsin Fair Employment Act prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants or employees on the basis of national origin and ancestry (WI Stat. Sec. 111.31 et seq.). National origin generally refers to a person's country of origin, birth, or naturalization. According to information published by the Wisconsin Equal Rights Division, national origin also refers to the physical, cultural, or linguistic characteristics of a national origin group. Ancestry generally refers to the country, nation, tribe, or other identifiable group from which one descends.
The Act applies to all employers in the state, both public and private, regardless of the number of employees.
Retaliation prohibited. The Act prohibits employers from discharging or otherwise discriminating against an individual who has opposed a discriminatory employment practice, made a complaint, or testified or assisted in any proceeding under the Act (WI Stat. Sec. 111.32(3)).