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Wisconsin prohibits certain employers in the healthcare industry, such as hospitals, doctor’s, dentists and other health care worker employers, from retaliating against a health care worker whistleblower. If a Wisconsin health care worker is subject to termination of employment, firing, suspension or other adverse action that is because the health care worker disclosed certain information, particularly concerns about matters relating to patient care or services provided to patients, an employer of the health care worker is prohibited from retaliating against the health care worker for that disclosure if the health care worker made the disclosure to certain people or entities such as a supervisor or other person that has ability to correct the issue or an agency that oversees the health care employer.
Violations of a health care worker whistleblower’s rights in Wisconsin may give rise to a claim for lost wages and reinstatement to the job.
To pursue a claim, a health care worker must file a complaint of discrimination with the Equal Rights Division in Wisconsin, generally within 300 days of the discriminatory act. This is an important time frame, as if the complaint isn’t timely filed, the health care worker can lose his or her right to pursue any remedies for violation of her rights. Click here for more information about filing a complaint with the Equal Rights Division.
Whether your rights were violated is a fact intensive inquiry. We review potential claims of health care worker whistleblower on an individual consultation basis, where we discuss what occurred, the law and whether we are interested in representing you in pursuing a violation. To find out more, contact us.