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Rhode Island National Origin Discrimination: What you need to know

The Rhode Island Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits discrimination based on country of ancestral origin (RI Gen. Laws Sec. 28-5-1et seq.). “Country of ancestral origin” generally refers to an individual's or ancestor's place of birth. The law applies to all public employers and private employers with four or more employees.
Under the Act, it is unlawful for an employer to:
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• Refuse to hire or discharge any individual, or discriminate against him or her with respect to hire, tenure, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of his or her country of ancestral origin.
• Utilize any employment agency, placement service, or training school or center that the employer knows, or has reasonable cause to know, discriminates against individuals because of their country of ancestral origin.
• Elicit any information pertaining to an applicant's or employee's country of ancestral origin, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ), or where necessary to comply with a federally mandated affirmative action program.
• Make or keep a record of an applicant's or employee's country of ancestral origin, unless based on a BFOQ, or where necessary to comply with a federally mandated affirmative action program.
• Use any form of application for employment containing questions or entries pertaining to an applicant's or employee's country of ancestral origin.
• Print or publish any notice or advertisement for employment indicating any preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based upon country of ancestral origin, unless based on a BFOQ, or where necessary to comply with a federally mandated affirmative action program.
• Establish or follow a policy of denying or ...

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