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Employment Discrimination in Wisconsin
...a silent epidemic? 


The NAACP Waukesha is aware of the challenges facing African Americans and Latinos in seeking, keeping, and thriving in Wisconsin's workspaces.  Being in a hostile environment that refuses to support your professional grown can be frustrating.  You can receive help from the Equal Rights Division with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.  There are also resources available with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). 


Details on how to file a claim with the EEOC:


As the employment discrimination statistics point out, the first thing is to know that you are not alone, and you should not face this by yourself. There are federal and state laws that protect you and legal professionals that can help.


The goal is to show that you were treated differently – or other employees received more favorable treatment. A strong case can be developed utilizing a combination of direct and indirect evidence.


claim needs to be filed with the EEOC. The claim should be thorough, accurate, and explained convincingly. An employment law attorney can help you through the process of filing a claim to ensure that your rights are protected and represented.

Chances of winning an EEOC case

EEOC cases can be challenging, but you are best equipped to win with experienced legal representation. 95% of EEOC district court cases are successful. Although, as mentioned above, most cases are settled out of court.

Many individuals who face employment discrimination may file an initial claim on their own (which may not be thorough or convincing) and then do not take further action. Therefore, many workers do not receive a resolution, and employers do not face the consequences of their unlawful actions.

Milwaukee Area Equal Employment Opportunity (EEOC) Office

Location: Reuss Federal Plaza, 310 West Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 500, Milwaukee, WI 53203
Phone:    414-662-3680
Fax:   414-297-4133
TTY:    1-800-669-6820
ASL Video Phone :    844-234-5122
Director:    Wendy Martin
Regional Attorney:    Gregory M. Gochanour
Office Hours:  Our office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you believe you have been subjected to employment discrimination, please access the online Public Portal here. You will be asked to answer a series of questions about your employment situation, and where applicable, be directed to schedule a telephone interview with an investigator. You must have access to the internet and an e-mail address to use the Public Portal.

If you have a disability, are unable to access the Public Portal or otherwise have difficulty with the Portal, please e-mail or call (414) 662-3680 for assistance. Please say and spell your first and last name, the number where you can be reached between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., provide an e-mail address if you have one and a brief description of the issue you are having.

Due to the COVID-19 health concerns, all interviews will be conducted by telephone or via in-office video with an EEOC staffer.

Individuals who are unavailable at their scheduled telephone appointment times must respond to voicemail messages within 15 minutes or their appointments will be rescheduled.

If you have already filed a Charge of Discrimination, please check the status of your charge by clicking here. This site will also give you the contact information for the assigned staff member.

Discriminated Against?
If you feel you have been discriminated against and want to ensure you get a fair hearing, call 262-710-1776 or email  to set up an appointment.

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