Raising the Stakes for Employers in Discrimination Claims in Wisconsin

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On June 8, 2009, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle signed into law a bill that allows successful plaintiffs to recover compensatory and punitive damages under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act (WFEA). Prior to this change, remedies were limited to reinstatement, back pay and attorneys' fees. The result of this bill is that employers' potential exposure under the WFEA has increased.

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