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Recruiting: Wisconsin

Recruiting requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Daniel Finerty, Lindner & Marsack, S.C.


  • The Wisconsin Fair Employment Act provides broader protections for job applicants than does federal law and covers employers with one or more employees. See Wisconsin Fair Employment Act.
  • An employer that refuses to accommodate an applicant with a disability during the recruitment process must show that an accommodation would have posed a "hardship on the employer's program, enterprise or business." See Disability.
  • Wisconsin employers may not enter into any agreement that requires an applicant to join or withdraw from a specific labor organization. See Yellow Dog Contracts.
  • Employers may not attempt to recruit new employees by means of any false or deceptive representations, such as failing to state that there is a strike or lockout at the place of proposed employment. See Fraudulent Advertising for Labor.
  • Wisconsin law indicates that employers should tread carefully when recruiting applicants who have previously agreed to restrictive covenants with their current or former employers. See Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets.
  • Madison and Milwaukee have additional requirements that are stricter than state law. See Local Requirements.