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Racism in the ‘gray areas’ of workplace

American workplaces talk a lot about diversity these days. In fact, you’d have a hard time finding a company that says it doesn’t value...
THE WASHINGTON TRUST CO. has agreed to a $9 million settlement of allegations by the U.S. Justice Department that it engaged in discriminatory lending practices. The bank denies the allegations. / PBN FILE PHOTO/SCOTT KINGSLEY

Washington Trust agrees to $9M settlement of federal redlining allegations

PROVIDENCE – The Washington Trust Co. has agreed to a $9 million settlement to resolve allegations that the bank engaged in lending discrimination from...

E.P. house-cleaning company settles pregnancy discrimination lawsuit

PROVIDENCE – Merry Maids has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle claims it violated the state’s Civil Rights Act after the company fired a...
EXPANSION-MINDED: Russell and Sterling Spellman operate Incred-A-Bowl Food Co., a food truck company that is preparing to open a restaurant in East Providence in the fall. 

Everybody’s Business: Building a company with eye toward greater good

(Editor’s note: This is the 24th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each is asked their views on...
GETTING ­CERTIFIED: ­Dominican immigrant Pedro Mendez, right, has applied for his business, AmeriSigns, to be part of the state’s Minority Business Enterprise program. Also pictured are workers Luiyi Moreno, left, and Obdalis Csisa.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. needs to get with the times on minority contracting

The state historically has failed miserably in ensuring minority-owned businesses get their fair share of tens of millions of dollars in state contracts. That looked...
STATUS QUO: RoseMarie Clemente, owner of Baron & Clemente Real Estate LLC, says she opposes any effort to remove Portuguese from the list of qualifying origins for the state’s Minority or Women Enterprise Business program.   / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Everybody’s Business: ‘We rally to help each other’

RoseMarie Clemente | Baron & Clemente Real Estate LLC (Editor’s note: This is the 14th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners...
HE’S STILL STANDING: It’s been a struggle, but Jhonny Levya has kept his business, Heroica Construction Inc., operating during the pandemic. As head of the Black Contractors Association of Rhode Island, he’s unsure how other minority-owned businesses will weather the crisis. 

Crisis ‘insurmountable’ for some minority businesses

Jhonny Levya is president of Heroica Construction Inc., growing what was a family business when he purchased it in 2009 into a multimillion-dollar company....
LEGAL ADVICE: Partridge, Snow & Hahn attorney Elizabeth Manchester chats with Sam Sylvester, vice president financial services at OceanPoint Insurance. Manchester was speaking at United Way about what nonprofits should do to ensure employees and employers don’t engage in harassment.

Nonprofits need formal harassment policies

Nonprofit leaders are often so focused on the mission that they can overlook essential policies that underpin their business. Many nonprofit organizations lack the formal...

Spot and stop workplace bullies in 5 steps

According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, workplace bullying is repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons by one or more perpetrators. It is...


Does your company have policies in place promoting diversity and an anti-bias work environment? Yes: 87.5% No: 12.5% Has your company become more diversified recently? Yes: 75% No: 25% Has...
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