If you or someone you know has experienced anti-LGBT discrimination in employment, housing, or access to public accommodations, taking action can often be confusing and difficult. However standing up to hold those who discriminate accountable is critical to advancing LGBT equality and helping to make legal equality a reality.
Seeking legal advice
Fair Wisconsin makes an effort to keep a list of attorneys around the state who have made it known they welcome LGBT clients. Contact our office if you’d like that information or if you or your law firm would like to be included. Just send us an email or call 608.441.0143.
Fair Wisconsin does not provide direct legal services or provide legal advice to individuals or organizations. We work closely with Lambda Legal, the preeminent national LGBT legal organization to ensure access to sound legal services. You can content their help desk [link:http://lambdalegal.org/help] directly.
Additionally, formal complaints of sexual orientation discrimination can be filed with the Wisconsin Equal Rights Division:
Madison office: 608.266.6860
Milwaukee office: 414.227.4384
Download ERD pamphlet about sexual orientation discrimination.
Find out more about how to file a complaint.
For complaints and questions related to housing discrimination, we’d recommend contacting the Fair Housing Council and Tenant Resource Center.
Milwaukee office: 414.278.1240
Madison office: 608.257.0853
Appleton office: 920.560.4620
Statewide Toll-free Help Line: 877.647.FAIR (3247)
Local Civil Rights Agencies
Some local units of government have broad nondiscrimination policies that include protections based on gender identity and expression, in addition to sexual orientation. These counties and municipalities have their own enforcement agencies.
200 E. Wells St., Room 606
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Department of Civil Rights
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Madison, WI 53709