University of Wisconsin–Madison

Protected Bases

  • Employment

    Federal and Wisconsin state statutes and regulations and UWS and the University’s policies prohibit discrimination, including discriminatory harassment and retaliation, against University employees, and those seeking employment at the University, including but not limited to the following areas: recruitment; interviewing; testing; screening; selection; placement; evaluation; transfer; promotion; training; compensation; fringe benefits; layoffs and/or dismissal on the following bases:

    • Age
    • Ancestry
    • Arrest record
    • Color
    • Conviction record
    • Creed
    • Cultural background
    • Declining to attend a meeting or participate in any communication about religious matters or political matters
    • Disability
    • Ethnicity
    • Gender expression
    • Gender identity
    • Genetic testing
    • Honesty testing
    • Marital status
    • Military obligations (including membership in the national guard; state defense force or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or the state of Wisconsin)
    • National origin
    • Pregnancy (including childbirth or related conditions)
    • Race
    • Religion
    • Retaliation for making a complaint of discrimination, or taking part in an investigation relating to discrimination, or opposing discrimination
    • Sex
    • Sexual orientation
    • Use or nonuse of lawful products off the employer’s premises during nonworking hours.

    Also covered is any other non-discrimination category that may be subsequently added, even if not included in the above list, because of federal or State of Wisconsin court, legislative, or regulatory action, or action taken by UWS or the University.

  • Educational Programs

    Federal and Wisconsin state statutes and regulations and UWS and University policies prohibit discrimination, including discriminatory harassment and retaliation, against students, applicants for admission, and others taking part in University educational programs and activities including, but not limited to issues involving admissions and enrollment, educational environment, course work, student services, programs, activities, and facilities on the following bases:

    • Age
    • Ancestry
    • Color
    • Creed
    • Disability
    • Ethnicity
    • Gender expression
    • Gender identity
    • Marital or parental status
    • National origin
    • Pregnancy
    • Race
    • Religion
    • Retaliation for making a complaint of discrimination, or taking part in an investigation relating to discrimination, or opposing discrimination
    • Sex
    • Sexual orientation

    Also covered is any other non-discrimination category that may be subsequently added, even if not included in the above list, because of federal or State of Wisconsin court, legislative, or regulatory action, or action taken by UWS or the University.

  • University Activities

    Federal statutes and regulations forbid discrimination, including discriminatory harassment and retaliation, in access to federally assisted University programs and activities on the following bases.

    • Age
    • Color
    • Disability
    • National origin
    • Race
    • Retaliation for making a complaint of discrimination, or taking part in an investigation relating to discrimination, or opposing discrimination
    • Sex in federally assisted educational programs and activities.

    Also covered is any other non-discrimination category that may be subsequently added, even if not included in the above list, because of federal or State of Wisconsin court, legislative, or regulatory action, or action taken by University of Wisconsin System or the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Questions? Contact:

Letissa C. Reid
Equal Opportunity Complaint Investigator
Email: letissa.reid@wisc.edu or complaint_investigator@wisc.edu
Voice: (608) 262-3254; Relay calls accepted
Office of Compliance
361 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Dr.
Madison, WI 53706