Labor and Labor Relations

CHAPTER 28-5.1
Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

SECTION 28-5.1-9

§ 28-5.1-9. State employment services.

(a) All state agencies, including educational institutions, which provide employment referral or placement services to public or private employees, shall accept job orders, refer for employment, test, classify, counsel and train only on a nondiscriminatory basis. They shall refuse to fill any job order which has the effect of excluding any persons because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, or disability.

(b) The agencies shall advise the commission for human rights promptly of any employers, employment agencies, or unions suspected of practicing unlawful discrimination.

(c) The agencies shall assist employers and unions seeking to broaden their recruitment programs to include qualified applicants from minority groups.

(d) The department of labor and training, the governor's commission on disabilities, the advisory commission on women, and the Rhode Island economic development corporation shall fully utilize their knowledge of the labor market and economic conditions of the state, and their contacts with job applicants, employers, and unions, to promote equal employment opportunities, and shall require and assist all persons within their jurisdictions to initiate actions which remedy any situations or programs which have a negative impact on protected classes within the state.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1988, ch. 149, § 1; P.L. 1995, ch. 32, § 8; P.L. 1997, ch. 150, § 5; P.L. 2001, ch. 340, § 7.)