Respectful Workplace

Respectful Workplace​

The State of Wisconsin is committed to promoting a respectful workplace and does not tolerate conduct or behavior that is bullying, discriminatory, harassing, or retaliatory in nature, regardless of whether the behavior is linked to a protected class or status. It is the State of Wisconsin's policy to encourage early discussion and resolution of developing issues to foster a positive, respectful workplace.​

Complaint Process

Wisconsin Human Resources Handbook Chapter 440 outlines the procedure to ensure employees of the State of Wisconsin are provided guidance regarding how to raise concerns when unwelcome behavior occurs in the workplace. The procedure outlined in the chapter is designed to encourage resolution of complaints, to address inappropriate behavior, and to promote a respectful work environment. It is essential that all employees feel comfortable bringing information forward. All information will be handled with sensitivity and appropriate levels of confidentiality.

For more information regarding the complaint process please see WHRS Chapter 440: Respectful Workplace Policy and Complaint Procedure 

Enterprise Mediation Service

The Bureau of Equity and Inclusion offers mediation as a service for any employee experiencing a workplace conflict. Mediation is a voluntary, confidential process available to resolve workplace disputes between state employees. A trained mediator will assist with communication and problem-solving in a neutral environment to guide parties toward a mutual resolution. The mediation participants have the opportunity to explain their perspective and determine the outcome and next steps. Mediation is a beneficial process for preserving working relationships as part of a respectful workplace.

Enterprise Mediation Service Flyer

For questions about mediation, please contact BEI at:

​Request Mediation

To request a mediation, please complete the following form: Mediation Request Form​