EMPLOYMENT LAW

  • Wrongful termination
  • Discrimination
  • Whistleblower retaliation
  • Disability Accommodations
  • Severance Agreements
  • Non-compete and non-solicitation agreements
  • Regulation and Licensing issues

Our employment law attorneys are experienced and dedicated. We provide the individuals that we represent with the same level of representation enjoyed by their employers. We have extensive experience representing people from all walks of life and from all professions and occupations. Our firm is knowledgeable about the various protections available to workers, including whistleblower protection laws, civil rights protections, wage protections, and contractual rights.

Employment Discrimination

Wisconsin law and some Federal laws prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of: Age, Ancestry, Arrest Record, Color, Conviction Record, Creed, Disability, Genetic Testing, Honesty Testing, Marital Status, Military Service, National Origin, Pregnancy or Childbirth, Race, Gender, Sexual orientation, and the use or nonuse of lawful products off the employer's premises during nonworking hours. If you have reason to believe you have been terminated, refused a promotion or wage increase, or suffered any other adverse employment action based on any of the above, you should contact and attorney to discuss your options immediately. Procedures for making a complaint often are detailed and complicated. Time limits for filing a a complaint often are very short. Timely, confidential advice can help to reach a sound decision about when and how to object to discrimination at work. When litigation is necessary, our lawyers can help you initiate a claim, obtain the necessary evidence, and present that evidence at trial.

Whistleblower Retaliation

Wisconsin law protects healthcare workers who make whistleblower complaints. Employers who retaliate against or fire whistleblowers may be in violation of state law. State employees are also protected by whistleblower legislation. Our attorneys have brought several successful whistleblower complaints, and are able to advise on the intricacies of this area of the law.

Wrongful Termination


An employee who is fired for refusing to violate a law or regulation can sue the employer-wrongdoer. This is a volatile and developing area of the law in Wisconsin.

Disability Accommodations

Both state and federal law require employers to provide appropriate accommodations to employees with disability, if the accommodation is reasonable and can allow the employee to perform the job. Sometimes having a lawyer involved during this interactive process can avoid the need for litigation later. Our lawyers have experience crafting creative solutions that work for the employer and employee, while protecting the ongoing employment relationship.

Severance Agreements


As an employment relationship ends, monetary and non-monetary severance benefits can enhance your ability to move on without unnecessary personal hardship. Severance agreements can provide valuable benefits, but they need to be reviewed with caution and deliberation because they often eliminate rights to pursue other claims or benefits. We help employees review severance agreements, offer advice on the limitations of the severance agreement language, and negotiate for better terms.

Employment Agreements


Look before you leap is good advice. If you have any bargaining power to modify onerous terms in an employment agreement, it is going to be greater before you sign it. When everything is going well, "its just a formality" sounds plausible. Not so when your career is on the line. We can help you to understand and evaluate what you are being asked to sign and can defend you against unreasonable agreements.

Regulation and Licensing Issues

When your profession requires a license, maintenance of that license and responding to regulatory inquiries are crucial to continuation of your employment. Our attorneys are experienced in responding to Department of Regulation and Licensing inquiries, and representing employees when they are faced with adverse determinations.

Attorneys to Contact

Katy Lounsbury | klounsbury@ehlkelaw.com | 608-827-9750 (Madison) | 608-328-4300 (Monroe) | See Katy's Profile
Colleen Bero-Lehmann | clehmann@ehlkelaw.com | 608-827-9750 | See Colleen's Profile

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