Pregnant workers in Rhode Island are now protected from workplace discrimination in hiring, termination, job promotion, and benefits.
Rhode Island expanded the protections granted by its Fair Employment Practices Act to include employees and job applicants with “conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.”
The new posting informs employees and applicants of their right to request a reasonable accommodation for conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth and expressing breast milk.
Covered employers must “fill in the blanks” with the names of staff members who would process requests for reasonable accommodation and complaints of discrimination.
The new law is effective immediately.
Fill in the Blank Posting Guide
What is the Rhode Island Fair Employment Practices Act?
The Rhode Island Fair Employment Practices Act protects workers and job applicants at companies of four or more employees from discrimination in hiring, promotion, salary, terms and conditions, and termination based on:
- Sex (including pregnancy status and sexual harassment)
- Ancestral origin
- Age (40-plus)
- Sexual orientation or gender identity/ expression
Rhode Island Pregnancy Discrimination Posting Requirements
The Rhode Island Pregnancy Discrimination notice is required for all employers with four or more employees covered by the Rhode Island Fair Employment Practices Act.
The posting must be:
- Displayed in a conspicuous location in each place of business and accessible to employees
- Provided to new employees at onboarding
- Available for all employees by October 2015
- Pregnant employees must be provided the notice no later than 10 days after notifying employers of pregnancy