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Job Opportunities Retaliation and Whistleblower Employment Claims Basic Protections

Various Federal and Wisconsin laws prohibit retaliation in employment decisions such as hiring, firing, termination, promotion and other adverse employment actions, because you have objected to unlawful discrimination, participated in an agency’s investigation of a claim of discrimination or otherwise made a communication specifically protected by a law. The laws vary a bit in terms of which employers are subjected to the law and whether an employee is covered. Where someone is protected by the law prohibiting such retaliation against whistleblowers, you typically have rights to bring claims for equitable relief like reinstatement or for damages like lost wages. Many laws also provide that the employer may be ordered to pay your reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs of litigation.

Filing a Claim

For most claims under Federal and Wisconsin law, you must file a complaint of discrimination with either the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (click here for the EEOC website) or the Wisconsin Equal Rights Division (click here for the ERD website) within 300 days of the discriminatory act.


Whether your rights were violated is a fact intensive inquiry. We review potential claims of employment discrimination on an individual consultation basis, where we discuss what occurred, the law and whether we are interested in representing you in pursuing a violation. To find out more, contact us.


Review of Your  Potential  Claim

Whether your rights were violated is a fact intensive inquiry. We review potential claims of employment discrimination on an individual consultation basis, where we discuss what occurred, the law and whether we are interested in representing you in pursuing a violation. To find out more, contact us.