Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Public Breastfeeding Law

Ҥ 11-45-2 Indecent exposure РDisorderly conduct. Р(a) A person commits indecent exposure/disorderly conduct when for the purpose of sexual arousal, gratification or stimulation, such person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly:
… (e) In no event shall the provisions of this section be construed to apply to breastfeeding in public.”
23-13.5-1. Breastfeeding in public places. – A woman may feed her child by bottle or
breast in any place open to the public.

23-13.5-2. Remedies. – In any civil action alleging a violation of this chapter, the court
(1) Afford injunctive relief against any person, entity or public accommodation that
commits or proposes to commit a violation of this chapter; and
(2) Award compensatory damages and reasonable attorney’s fees and costs to a
prevailing plaintiff.”
(2008 R.I. Pub. Laws, Chap. 223 and Chap. 308, HB 7467 and SB 2283)"

Work Place Pumping Law

" § 23-13.2-1 Workplace policies protecting a woman's choice to breastfeed. – (a) An employer may provide reasonable unpaid break time each day to an employee who needs to breastfeed or express breast milk for her infant child to maintain milk supply and comfort. The break time must, if possible, run concurrently with any break time already provided to the employee. An employer is not required to provide break time under this section if to do so would create an undue hardship on the operations of the employer.

(b) An employer shall make a reasonable effort to provide a private, secure and sanitary room or other location in close proximity to the work area, other than a toilet stall, where an employee can express her milk or breastfeed her child.

(c) The department of health shall issue periodic reports on breastfeeding rates, complaints received and benefits reported by both working breastfeeding mothers and employers.

(d) As used in this section:

(1) "Employer" means a person engaged in business who has one or more employees, including the state and any political subdivision of the state;

(2) "Employee" means any person engaged in service to an employer in the business of the employer;

(3) "Reasonable efforts" means any effort that would not impose an undue hardship on the operation of the employer's business; and

(4) "Undue hardship" means any action that requires significant difficulty or expense when considered in relation to factors such as the size of the business, its financial resources and the nature and structure of its operation. "