Rhode Island Racial Discrimination: What you need to know

The Rhode Island Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race or color (RI Gen. Laws Sec. 28-5-1 et seq.). 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 race or color.
• 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 race or color.
• Elicit any information pertaining to an applicant or employee's race or color, 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 or employee's race or color, 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 or employee's race or color.
• Print or publish any notice or advertisement for employment indicating any preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on race or color, 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 limiting, through a quota system or otherwise, employment opportunities of any group because of the race or color of that group.
• Discriminate against any individual because he or ...

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