Half a dozen employees of a state agency in Milwaukee have alleged to the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission that growing nepotism is getting friends and family members of top officials hired and promoted instead of the veteran workers they say are more deserving of management's favor. Complaining to a local newspaper that their employee rights had been violated, one worker said the practice at Wisconsin's Department of Health Services as well as the state-operated enrollment center known as MiLES had been going on for the previous eight months.
For all that, Department of Health Services officials said that nepotism at MiLES was not a problem and that all hiring policies had been followed. A spokeswoman for the agency said that there were no rules prohibiting relatives from being employed at the same office so long as nepotism policies and civil service processes were adhered to. Those rules require that an applicant pass an exam, scoring high enough to qualify to be interviewed and also be recommended by the three-person panel conducting the interview.
Retaining a Milwaukee area employment attorney experienced in federal employee rights litigation may be helpful to an employee who feels they have been harmed by their employer. Wrongful termination, illegal workplace discrimination and violations of workers' civil rights can be redressed in a court of law.
Source: Journal Sentinel, "Workers allege nepotism at embattled state public assistance agency ", Raquel Rutledge, October 12, 2013