Rhode Island Affirmative Action laws & HR compliance analysis

Rhode Island Affirmative Action: What you need to know

The Rhode Island Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age, or country of ancestral origin (RI Gen. Laws Sec. 28-5-1et seq.). The Act covers private employers with four or more employees and all public employers regardless of size. It has no specific affirmative action provision that requires private employers to implement affirmative action plans (AAPs).
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State agencies. State agencies must develop and implement annual AAPs to advance equal employment objectives and prevent practices that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability (RI Gen. Laws Sec. 28-5-40).
For the latest information that will help employers prepare their AAPs, contact:
Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training
Labor Market Information
1511 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920-4407
401-462-8740

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