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Involuntary Terminations: Wisconsin

Involuntary Terminations requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Tara R. Craft and Corie J. Tarara, Seaton, Peters & Revnew, PA


  • All Wisconsin employers are barred from retaliating against employees who file complaints, attempt to enforce their rights or who testify or assist in cases pertaining to the state's fair employment laws. See Anti-Retaliation Legislation.
  • The Wisconsin Whistleblower Law protects public employees from retaliation of they engage in certain protected activities. See Whistleblower Protections.
  • Wisconsin law protects franchisors from different types of employment litigation, but with certain exceptions. See Franchisor Protection.
  • Wisconsin has its own version of the federal WARN Act, which triggers protections to employees of companies engaging in layoffs, reductions in force and plant closings at lower thresholds than does its counterpart federal legislation. See Layoffs, Reductions in Force and Plant Closings.