EEO - Harassment: Rhode Island
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Brian J. Lamoureux, Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West
- The main statutory framework for bringing a claim of harassment is the State Fair Employment Practices Act. +R.I.G.L. § 28-5-1 et seq. See Harassment Under the State Fair Employment Practices Act.
- Rhode Island law prohibits harassment and recognizes both quid pro quo and hostile work environment claims. See Establishing a Claim of Harassment.
- Rhode Island employers with 50 or more employees must adopt a workplace policy against harassment and all employers are strongly encouraged to institute sexual harassment training for employees. See Adoption of Policy Against Harassment; Training.
- Aggrieved persons may also bring a claim for harassment under the Rhode Island Civil Rights Act of 1990. +R.I.G.L. § 42-112-1 et seq. See Harassment Under the Rhode Island Civil Rights Act of 1990.