A Wisconsin employee who thinks that he or she has been discriminated against has 300 days to file a compliant. After a complaint has been filed with the Equal Rights Division, an independent investigator will be assigned to the case. The investigator does not represent either the employee or the employer and cannot offer legal advice to either side.
Once the complaint has been filed, a copy o is sent to the employer. The employer then must provide a written answer to that complaint. When a response is received, the investigator may ask both sides for more information and ask if a settlement can be reached in the case. If no settlement is reached, the investigator will determine if there is probable cause or no probable cause to send the case to a hearing. If the investigator determines that there is no probable cause, the case is considered dismissed unless an appeal is filed within 30 days.