Rhode Island Bill Protects Against Vaccine Status Discrimination | April 5, 2021 | RI lawmaker moves to protect those who shun vaccine from discrimination |Patrick Anderson| The Providence Journal | Source
“Rhode Island business owners could be prosecuted for making their employees get COVID shots or refusing a hotel room to someone who isn’t vaccinated under legislation before state lawmakers.
A bill introduced by Coventry Democrat Thomas Noret would make vaccination status a protected class under the state law that currently defends people from discrimination based on their race, gender or sexual orientation.
It would also block the governor from making vaccination mandatory in a state of emergency and prohibits financial institutions from refusing loans based on vaccination status.”
H 5989 RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES – MANDATORY VACCINATION AGREEMENT PROHIBITED
11-24-2. Discriminatory practices prohibited.
“No person, being the owner, lessee, proprietor, manager, superintendent, agent, or employee of any place of public accommodation, resort, or amusement shall directly or indirectly refuse, withhold from, or deny to any person on account of race or color, religion, country of ancestral origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or refusal of the individual to receive a vaccine or to provide proof of vaccination, any of the accommodations, advantages, facilities, or privileges of that public place.”