The growing Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha is known for its natural spring water that was long ago believed to have healing properties. More recently, the city of about 70,000 has become known for its health care businesses and commitment to its parks and library.
Led by an aging Baby Boom generation, the graying of America is well underway. While many Milwaukee-area employers embrace the shift toward an older workforce, some are resistant to the change and even push older employees out to make way for younger hires.
There are Ford dealerships all over the Milwaukee area. As one of the Big Three, the automaker has produced some of America's iconic vehicles, including the Mustang, Thunderbird, Shelby Cobra, Lincoln Continental and of course, the Model T.
A two-hour drive north of Milwaukee brings you to De Pere. The historic town sits on the Fox River just minutes south of the picturesque shores of Green Bay. The town has recently been embroiled in a dispute over an anti-discrimination ordinance it passed last year.
On one side is the city of Milwaukee, along with the city of Madison, the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Dane County and a number of labor unions and workers' rights organizations. On the other side are business lobbyists including Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and the Wisconsin Bankers Association.
The message at the top of a recent Milwaukee County Circuit Court decision is straightforward: “the Court finds the non-compete provision (in a Wisconsin doctor’s contract) unenforceable.”
A culture of sexual harassment has existed for decades at far too many businesses in Milwaukee and across the nation. Unfortunately, it has become apparent in recent days that even students and faculty at Wisconsin's universities have been subjected to sexual harassment, retaliation, sexual assault and other forms of misconduct.
Last year, Wisconsin officials agreed to settle claims by a female state prison employee who said her supervisor kissed her, mistreated her and then fired her. The state then allowed the Racine Correctional Institution supervisor to stay in her job.
Milwaukee news media has over the past couple of months contained story after story of powerful men whose successful careers in politics, media and business have been derailed by allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault and other forms of unacceptable misconduct.
The Supreme Court of the United States is hearing a case this week that will undoubtedly have a major impact on Americans for years to come. The case pits the interests of a gay couple against the baker who refused to make a wedding cake for the men.