Act 20, passed in the Wisconsin legislature in 2009, added the ability to recover non-economic and punitive damages against an employer of 15 or more employees in Wisconsin that violates the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act. The change in the law permits a victim of employment discrimination to recover monetary damages for things like emotional pain and suffering, economic losses that go beyond lost wages, and where an employer acts in reckless disregard of the law, an amount of monetary damages to punish the employer and encourage it to comply with the law in the future. The new law affects violations of the WFEA that occur on and after July 1, 2009.
Attorney Gordon Leech
Representing Individuals in Consumer and Employment Matters