In Rhode Island, discrimination based on pregnancy is prohibited. The Rhode Island Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits discrimination based on sex, including discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions unless there is a concern based on a bona fide occupational qualification.
Racial discrimination can refer to a variety of behaviors that are prohibited in the workplace, including racial slurs, racially offensive jokes and stereotyping based on race. It is also illegal to discriminate in the hiring process because of race. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides workers in Rhode Island and nationwide with protection from race discrimination in the workplace. Both federal and state laws offer protections against race discrimination. Workers should be aware that they do not have to tolerate racial discrimination in the hiring process or workplace.
Understanding what sexual harassment is and some important facts about it can be helpful for victims of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and violates Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title 7 applies to employers with 15 or more employees; state and local governments; the federal government; and a few others.
It is illegal to discriminate in the workplace because of someone's race, gender or various other factors. Despite the fact that it is illegal, it still happens, and victims of this type of reprehensible behavior often do not know what to do to protect themselves and keep it from happening again.
Employment contracts can address important uses and benefits, but it is also important to know what to do if an employment contract has been breached. Not all employment relationships have an employment contract and, in fact, many may not. Many employment relationships are referred to as "at-will" employment, which permits an employer to terminate an employee for any reason that is not against the law and does not place restrictions on an employee, such as a non-compete agreement or non-disclosure agreement would.
Victims of workplace sexual harassment are legally protected. A former dishwasher at a national chain restaurant recently brought a lawsuit in Rhode Island alleging sexual harassment and workplace discrimination. The former dishwasher brought a claim against his former managers accusing them of discriminating against him for being a heterosexual male and allowing sexual harassment from a male coworker to continue despite being aware of it. The man asserts that the male coworker repeatedly touched him inappropriately. The man also asserts he complained about the harassment but the manager tolerated it.