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It is "wrong" for an employer to let his personal problems interfere with his work performance - it's unprofessional and something that should probably be directed at his supervisors. There is, however, unfortunately no law that prevents it. Because employment is at will, a supervisor can let someone go for no reason at all - or a terrible reason like this one. The only exception would be if you had a contract that said you could only be terminated for cause. Because your boss's personal problems are not something you did wrong, you should be eligible to collect unemployment while you look for new work, but I'm afraid you don't have a lawsuit against the company (or the supervisor).
Wisconsin law provides that when an employee is let go, he receive all wages due on the next scheduled payday or within one month, whichever is earlier. Wis. Stat. § 109.03. If that time period has passed and they haven't given your holiday pay yet, you can file a claim against them. It's actually a misdemeanor to willfully refuse to pay an employee's wages, so you could also try giving your employer one final opportunity to pay you before you report them. Section 109.11. Here are the forms and instructions for filing a claim.
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