Wisconsin –-(Ammoland.com)- Wisconsin Carry has funded a lawsuit on behalf of a Wausau man who was unlawfully terminated after verifying to a Human Resources Manager that he had a lawfully carried gun in his personal vehicle.
Wisconsin law does not allow employers to prohibit employees with valid concealed carry licenses from keeping a gun in their personal vehicles even when parked on company property.
Our attorneys attempted to seek an out-of-court resolution with Kolbe and Kolbe. After contact with their legal counsel, the HR manager who fired the employee misrepresented the circumstances of the firing suggesting that the employee had the gun outside his vehicle.
This is false. The employee never said that to the HR manager and never did have his gun outside of his vehicle. We have supporting witness statements to confirm.
Its against Wisconsin law for a company to terminate an employee for having a gun in their vehicle. Its shameful for a company to play fast and loose with the facts to try to absolve themselves from accountability for their mistake.
The employee was a model employee and even on the day of his firing had been praised by his supervisors for his performance.
The right to self-defense is a human right guaranteed by our state and federal constitutions. While we think it is ill-advised for companies to prohibit employees from exercising their 2nd Amendment rights wherever they may be, we respect private property rights of private businesses.
A person’s personal vehicle is THEIR private property and Wisconsin law recognizes the right to keep a gun within your property.
Section 175.60(15m)(b) – An employer may not prohibit a licensee or an out-of-state licensee, as a condition of employment, from carrying a concealed weapon, a particular type of concealed weapon, or ammunition or from storing a weapon, a particular type of weapon, or ammunition in the licensee’s or out-of-state licensee’s own motor vehicle, regardless of whether the motor vehicle is used in the course of employment or whether the motor vehicle is driven or parked on property used by the employer.
A copy of the lawsuit can be found here: http://www.wisconsincarry.org/media/10319/complaint_6_26_14.pdfNik Clark Chairman – Wisconsin Carry, Inc.
P.O. Box 270403
Milwaukee, WI 53227
Wisconsin Carry, Inc. is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation and reclamation of the rights of law-abiding Wisconsin residents to carry in the manner of their choosing. We believe that “open carry” and “concealed carry” are choices to be made by law-abiding citizens based on their situation and preference. Wisconsin Carry, like many gun-rights organizations in Wisconsin, is investing a great deal of resources to get Wisconsin law changed to allow concealed carry this next legislative session by proposing Constitutional Carry. Wisconsin Carry, Inc. will continue to use legal recourse to deter unlawful treatment of law-abiding Wisconsin residents who currently exercise their right to open carry, and soon will exercise their right to concealed carry in Wisconsin. Visit: www.wisconsincarry.org