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).
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).