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EEO - Retaliation: Rhode Island

EEO - Retaliation requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Brian Lamoureux, William E. O'Gara and Matthew C. Reeber, Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC

Summary

  • Retaliation claims are covered by the State Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA). See Retaliation Under the State Fair Employment Practices Act.
  • Employers are prohibited from discriminating in any manner against an employee who opposes any practice forbidden by the FEPA, or against an employee who made a charge, testified, or assisted in any manner in any investigation, proceeding or hearing brought pursuant to the FEPA. See Retaliation Under the State Fair Employment Practices Act.
  • Employers with fewer than four employees are not subject to the FEPA. See Employers.
  • The FEPA allows an aggrieved employee to allege a retaliation claim against a supervisor. See Individual Liability.
  • The remedies for a violation of the FEPA include front pay, back pay, and injunctive relief and attorneys' fees. Punitive damages are permissible but not against the state or any of its political subdivisions. See Remedies.