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Restrictions on Firing Employees in Rhode Island

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.

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Employers in Rhode Island are subject to these state rules that restrict firing employees under certain circumstances.

Rhode Island laws make it unlawful for an employer to:

  • require employees to take a polygraph test
  • discriminate against employees because of jury service
  • fire for union activity
  • deny equal employment opportunity
  • violate protections for veterans or reservists
  • retaliate against an employee for filing a wage complaint
  • fire an employee for refusing to work on Sundays or certain holidays, or for exercising family leave rights
  • fire an employee for having wages withheld for child support

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