Rhode Island Diversity laws & HR compliance analysis

Rhode Island Diversity: What you need to know

The Rhode Island Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age (40 years of age and older), or country of ancestral origin ( RI Gen. Laws Sec. 28-5-1 et seq.). The law applies to all public employers and to private employers with four or more employees, including employment agencies and labor unions.
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The Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights enforces the state's antidiscrimination laws in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, credit, and delivery of services. As part of its mandate, the Commission conducts both in-house and on-site education/outreach sessions. These sessions generally are offered free of charge and seek to educate the public on rights and responsibilities under state and federal laws related to discrimination and harassment. The Commission, on request, offers these sessions to groups of any size, including employers. For further information, contact the Commission office at (401) 222-2661.
The Commission also offers resources on its website, including “How to Deal with Sexual Harassment in the Workplace” and “Questions an Employer May/May Not Ask When Hiring,” at www.richr.state.ri.us.
Last reviewed on January 2017.

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Rhode Island Diversity Resources

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Handouts Workplace Diversity (Handout)
PowerPoints Managing Non-English-Speaking Employees
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