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Restrictions on Firing Employees in Wisconsin

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.

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Employers in Wisconsin are subject to these state rules that restrict firing employees under certain circumstances.

Wisconsin laws make it unlawful for an employer to:

  • fire employees who testify in minimum wage proceedings
  • interfere with employees' political activities
  • not permit time off to vote
  • require employees to take a polygraph test
  • fire employees because of jury service
  • fire for union activity
  • deny equal employment opportunity
  • retaliate against an employee for filing a workers' compensation claim, testifying in a wage proceeding, or opposing unfair employment practices
  • fire employees for exercising rights to access personnel files or to take family leave
  • violate protections for veterans or reservists
  • fire employees for having wages withheld for child support or other garnishment

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