How to File a Complaint of Employment Discrimination in Wisconsin
This guide will assist you in the process of filing an initial complaint of discrimination with the Equal Rights Division for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development for violations of the Wisconsin Fair Employment Law. These claims must generally be filed within 300 days of the violation.
Get the Complaint FormThe ERD has a form Complaint. You can get it by calling the ERD in Milwaukee at 414-227-4384 or in Madison at 608-266-6860. You can stop into the local ERD office to get the form. You can also download the form through the ERD website at http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dwd/forms/ERD/, and look for the Fair Employment Complaint form (form # ERD-4206 (R. 05/2009)). The ERD also permits you to complete the form online at http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/discriminationcomplaint/.
Complete the Complaint FormThe Complaint form is relatively simple. You identify yourself, the employer/discriminatory actor and the basis for your claim such as discrimination based on race, color, religion, nationality, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, arrest or conviction record, etc. You describe the facts that give rise to your belief that you were subjected to employment descrimination. Follow the form guidelines, and complete it as best as you can. You can contact the ERD with any questions you have about the form.
Deliver the Complaint to the ERDYou can deliver the completed Complaint in person or by mail. The up-to-date mailing addresses for the Milwaukee and the Madison offices are on the form.
Cooperate with the ERD InvestigationThe ERD will then assign an investigator to investigate your complaint. Cooperate with the investigator by responding to all inquiries as quickly as possible, provide whatever information is requested if you can, and then wait for the initial determination on the investigation as to whether the investigator concludes there is probable cause to believe that your rights were violated under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act. Follow any rights to appeal of the initial determination, if you wish, or the procedures for the subsequent hearing on the merits.