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EEO - Affirmative Action: Wisconsin

EEO - Affirmative Action requirements for other states

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

Author: Kristofor L. Hanson, Lindner & Marsack, S.C.


  • Wisconsin's Fair Employment Act highlights the state's intent to foster an employment environment free from discrimination. See Equal Employment Opportunity.
  • Private Employers are not subject to affirmative action requirements in Wisconsin. See Private Employers.
  • Public Employers must adhere to Wisconsin's affirmative action requirements, including submission of an affirmative action plan that outlines goals and timelines for achieving a "balanced workforce." See Public Employers.
  • The Wisconsin Office of Contract Compliance has established internal minimums which exempt government contractors from submission of an affirmative action plan if they have fewer than 25 employees and have entered into contracts with the state or its agencies for less than $25,000. See Government Contractors and State Agencies.
  • Government contractors who fail to comply with the state's affirmative action requirements are subject to inclusion on an ineligibility list and may have their contracts withdrawn. See Government Contractors and State Agencies.