Wisconsin Hiring laws & HR compliance analysis

Wisconsin Hiring: What you need to know

Discrimination. The Wisconsin Fair Employment Act prohibits hiring practices that discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, disability, marital status, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, arrest and conviction record, genetic test results, military service, use or nonuse of lawful products off the employer's premises during nonworking hours, or declining to attend a meeting or participate in any communication about religious or political matters. The Act covers all employers regardless of size (Wis. Gen. Stat. § 111.31 et seq.). "Military service" is defined as service in the U.S. armed forces, the state defense force, the National Guard of any state, or any other reserve component of the U.S. armed forces.
Separate state laws prohibit employers from requiring workers to submit to genetic tests, AIDS tests, or lie detector tests. More information is available at the Wisconsin Discrimination and Disabilities (ADA) sections.
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False pretenses. An employer may not induce or influence workers to change from one place to another in the state through false representations or pretenses concerning the character or conditions of the work, including the existence of a strike (Wis. Gen. Stat. § 103.43).
Blacklisting. It is illegal in Wisconsin to try to prevent a former employee or any person from getting a job by circulating unsolicited information by word, writing, or other means (Wis. Gen. Stat. § 134.02).
Off-duty use of lawful products. The Wisconsin Fair Employment Practice Act prohibits job discrimination based on the use or nonuse of lawful products off the premises of the employer during nonworking hours (Wis. Gen. Stat. § 111.35). More information is ...

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