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Federal review of sexual misconduct in Wisconsin National Guard

Because of the nature of the work and the places in which that work can be carried out, many people don’t think of members of the military as part of a workplace. But the reality for members of the Wisconsin National Guard is that most of the time, they are assigned to do their duties in places virtually everyone would recognize as a workplace.

Unfortunately, far too often the Wisconsin National Guard has been plagued with allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault. According to recent news reports, federal officials are now conducting a review of the sexual misconduct policies of the Guard.

Earlier this year, allegations of misconduct in a Wisconsin Air National Guard unit were reported. U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin said she asked the Air Force to look into charges of sexual assault and harassment in the 115th Fighter Wing, based in Madison.

Baldwin had apparently been contacted by a whistleblower who told the senator about a half-dozen alleged incidents of sexual assault and sexual harassment against female members of the Security Forces Squadron that is part of the 115th. The incidents reportedly took place between 2002 and 2016.

According to a National Public Radio report, our state’s National Guard received 52 reports of sexual assaults between 2013 and 2017.

Baldwin said, “the men and women of the Wisconsin National Guard deserve an environment free of sexual harassment and assault." She said the impartial review past and present incidents and policies is the best way to improve conditions.

If you have been subjected to sexual misconduct in a Milwaukee workplace, contact a law firm experienced in employment law litigation.

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