Walker Appointee: Wisconsin Law Doesn’t Protect Gays From Harassment

Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) appointee to the state’s Labor and Industry Review Commission recently ruled that an employee who had been called “fag,” “maricon,” and “my little bitch” and endured many other forms of anti-gay hostility by his coworkers is not subject to protections under Wisconsin state law. Though the commission ruled 2-1 that there was, in fact, a hostile work environment in this case, Laurie McCallum defied three decades of precedent by dissenting that “sexual preference” (her words) is not protected under sexual harassment laws. If Walker wins re-election, he could appoint a second commissioner to shift the balance so that views like McCallum’s become the precedent for Wisconsin law.