Rhode Island Religious Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Rhode Island Religious Discrimination: What you need to know

The Rhode Island Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of religion (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, or conditions or privileges of employment because of his or her religion.
• Utilize any employment agency, placement service, training school or center that the employer knows, or has reasonable cause to know, discriminates against individuals because of their religion.
• Elicit any information pertaining to an applicant or employee's religion, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ).
• Make or keep a record of an applicant's or employee's religion, unless based on a BFOQ.
• Print or publish any notice or advertisement for employment indicating any preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on religion, unless based on a BFOQ.
• Establish or follow a policy of denying or limiting, through a quota system or otherwise, employment opportunities of any group because of the religion of that group.
• Discriminate against any individual because he or she has opposed any practice forbidden by the Act, or because he or she has made a charge, testified, or assisted in any manner in any investigation, proceeding, or hearing under the Act.
• Refuse to provide an employee with a written description of actions taken to resolve an employee's complaint when an employee has presented to the employer an internal complaint alleging harassment in the workplace on the basis of religion ...

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