Wisconsin Increases Its Penalties for Employment Discrimination

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Wisconsin employers face significantly greater penalties for employment discrimination under new legislation signed June 8, 2009, by Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle. The provisions now added to the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act ("WFEA" or "the Act") will give a complainant or the Department of Workforce Development ("DWD") the ability to pursue compensatory and punitive damages, previously not authorized under the Act, upon a finding of job discrimination by an administrative hearing.

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