Monday, March 12, 2012

Wisconsin Law Allowing Compensatory and Punitive Damages Soon to be Repealed

A very short-lived law in Wisconsin that allowed winning complainants in discrimination cases in the Equal Rights Division (ERD) a chance to be awarded compensatory and punitive damages is on the verge of repeal after the state Assembly passed Senate Bill 202, which seeks reversal of the Governor Doyle-signed bill from 2009.

Governor Walker is expected to sign the bill and that will leave discriminated employees with the option of filing with the ERD and only receiving what is called a "make-whole" remedy limited to back pay, lost benefits, costs and attorney's fees or filing in federal court, which is a much more onerous and difficult route.  Attorney Aaron Graf has a good article on the Wisconsin Journal's website here on the law change.

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