Rhode Island Age Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Rhode Island Age Discrimination: What you need to know

The Rhode Island Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits discrimination in employment based on age for individuals 40 years of age and older (RI Gen. Laws Sec. 28-5-1 et seq.). The Act 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 age.
• Use an employment agency, placement service, or training school or center that the employer knows, or has reasonable cause to know, or discriminate against individuals because of their age.
• Elicit any information pertaining to an applicant's or employee's age, 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 age, 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 age.
• Print or publish any notice or advertisement for employment indicating any preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based upon age, 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 age of that group.
• Discriminate against any individual because he or she has opposed any practice forbidden by ...

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Rhode Island Age Discrimination Resources

Type Title
Handouts Supervising Older Employees (Handout)
Policies Nondiscrimination
Posters Minnesota Age Discrimination Poster
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