Last year, a sheriff's deputy in Juneau County filed a claim with the Equal Rights Division of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. After accepting a job with the county, the deputy developed a medical condition making it difficult to perform his duties. When the deputy found out he might have a form of epilepsy after suffering a seizure, he was reassigned to jail duty. However, another seizure forced him to take medical leave.
The government attorney went on to say that the employment dispute was more of a claim for lost wages rather than a discrimination claim because it resulted from a disagreement about how much the man should have been paid while on medical leave. He told the board it is often better for an employee to receive a settlement characterized as damages rather than earnings due to income tax reasons.
Discrimination in the workplace can make an employee's life miserable. Persons may be required to perform work for which they are physically unsuited, be subjected to harassment or skipped over for promotions. A worker involved in this type of a situation may want to consult with an attorney who has experience in employment law matters.
Source: Juneau County Star Times, "County settles with former deputy", Peter Rebhahn, February 26, 2014