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Know the Laws: Rhode Island

UPDATED October 15, 2012

Workplace Restraining Orders

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An order that an employer files for based on violence, threats, or stalking to an employee by anyone.

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A workplace restraining order is something that an employer would file for based on threats, violence or stalking that you experience.  Your employer could be eligible if:

  • you were the victim of violence (anywhere);
  • you received a threat of violence that can reasonably be interpreted as a threat that may be carried out at the worksite; or
  • you have been stalked or harassed at the worksite.
A workplace restraining order could prohibit “further unlawful acts” by the abuser at the worksite. Your employer must file for this type of restraining order on your behalf - you cannot file for it.*  Although this wouldn’t protect you at home, at least it provides some protection during your workday.  You do not need to have a personal relationship with the abuser or stalker to qualify for this workplace restraining order. In other words, the abuser could be anyone: a neighbor, co-worker, or an intimate partner or family member.*

* RI Gen. Laws § 28-52-2(a)

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A workplace restraining order could order the defendant:

  • Not to visit, assault, bother, or otherwise interfere with you, the employer, the employer's operation of his/her business, other employees, guests or people present at the worksite;
  • Not to stalk, harass, or call you, the employer, other employees, guests or people present at the worksite;
  • Not to abuse or injure the employer, the employer's property, you, other employees, guests or people present at the worksite;
  • To do or not do anything else that is necessary / appropriate in the judge's discretion.*
* RI Gen. Laws § 28-52-2(b)

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You can also visit our Staying Safe page for ways to increase your safety. If you are being stalked or harassed, you can also go to the Stalking Resource Center website for more information on stalking and harassment laws, as well safety planning information.  Aside from physical abuse and stalking, if you are being mentally or emotionally abused, please contact a domestic violence organization in your area. They can help you figure out your options and offer you support.  See RI State and Local Programs for contact information.

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