The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that a former psychologist intern at the Medical College of Wisconsin is not protected under state anti-retaliation rules for health employees. The reasoning for the decision is due to the fact that the woman who made the complaint was an unpaid intern. As she had not been compensated for her work, she was unable to be considered an employee under the law. The ruling noted that if unpaid interns were classified as employees, almost everyone would have to have been classified as an employee.
In her August 2009 complaint, the woman alleges that she was terminated from an internship a week after meeting with her supervisor at the transplant surgery unit of Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital where she was assigned for her internship. She reportedly asked for the meeting to discuss unethical behavior. According to the college through which she interned, the woman was let go because of concerns due to her performance, which began before the complaint was made.