The Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights (“Commission”) is one of the oldest state antidiscrimination law enforcement agencies in the country. The Rhode Island General Assembly established the Commission in 1949 with the understanding that “[t]he practice or policy of discrimination against individuals …is a matter of state concern”, and that “discrimination foments public strife and unrest, threatens the rights and privileges of the inhabitants of the state, and undermines the foundations of a free democratic state”. R.I.G.L. § 28-5-2.
The Commission’s major program activities include:
The Commission is not empowered as an advocacy organization. Rather, the Commission's role is to educate the public on discrimination laws/issues and to conduct objective investigations of charges filed.
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LEGAL UPDATE: Effective January 1, 2014, Rhode Island employers may not inquire about an applicant's criminal convictions unless certain conditions apply. See "Employer Inquiries Into Applicants' Criminal Convictions Prohibited" under "News & Info" for more details
Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights
180 Westminster Street, 3rd Floor
Providence, RI 02903
Tel: 401-222-2661   TTY: 401-222-2664
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM