Labor and Labor Relations
Genetic Testing as a Condition of Employment
R.I. Gen. Laws § 28-6.7-1
§ 28-6.7-1. Genetic testing prohibited.
(a) No employer, employment agency, or licensing agency shall directly or indirectly:
(1) Request, require or administer a genetic test to any employee, licensee, or applicant for employment or licensure;
(2) Affect the terms, conditions, or privileges of employment or licensure or terminate the employment or licensure of any person who obtains a genetic test;
(3) Deny employment or deny an application for an occupational license, or suspend, revoke, or refuse to renew an occupational license; or take any other action affecting the terms, conditions or privileges of employment against an employee or a license holder based directly or indirectly on the refusal of the employee, licensee or applicant for employment or licensure to:
(i) Submit to a genetic test;
(ii) Submit a family health history; or
(A) whether the employee, applicant or holder has submitted to a genetic test; or
(B) the results of any genetic test to which the employee, applicant or holder has submitted;
(4) Otherwise use genetic information to adversely affect the employment, licensure, or application for employment or licensure of any individual; or
(5) Reveal genetic information about employees, licensees, or applicants.
(b) No person may sell to or interpret for an employer, employment agency, or licensing agency a genetic test of a current or prospective employee or licensee.
History of Section.
P.L. 1992, ch. 171, § 1; P.L. 2002, ch. 49, § 1.