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Performance Appraisals: Rhode Island

Performance Appraisals requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Jessica Sussman


  • Employees may file claims for defamation or intentional infliction of emotional distress as a result of negative comments made by employers. See Employer Liability Regarding Performance Appraisals.
  • Employers in Rhode Island are protected from liability for disclosure of fair and unbiased information related to the job performance of current or former employees. See Job Reference Immunity.
  • Rhode Island law protects employees from discrimination based on a number of protected classifications. See Performance Appraisals and Discrimination.
  • Rhode Island's Equal Pay Law prohibits discrimination in wages on the basis of sex for equal work or work on the same operations. See Equal Pay.
  • The Rhode Island Whistleblowers' Protection Act prohibits an employer from taking any adverse employment action because an employee has reported a violation, unless the employer has reason to know the reported violation is false. See The Rhode Island Whistleblowers' Protection Act.
  • Rhode Island courts recognize a claim for negligent hiring and supervision. See Negligent Hiring and Supervision.