MADISON, Wis. -

The state Department of Workforce Development said Wisconsin's whistleblower law may have been violated when a special agent was fired after alleging that his boss was illegally making and selling guns.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported Friday that the state Department of Workforce Development found that DOJ may have violated the state's whistleblower law in disciplining and then firing Dan Bethards.

The DWD determined that two complaints lodged by Bethards should go to a hearing before an administrative law judge.

Bethards reported a year ago that Jay Smith, the head of the Division of Criminal Investigation's Superior office, was illegally making and selling guns to fellow law enforcement officers and possessed a stolen machine gun.

No charges were filed against Smith following a federal investigation.