EEOC launches new mandatory workplace poster

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that it will replace its ‘EEO is the Law’ poster with a new poster entitled ‘Know Your Rights’.

Employers are required to display the new EEOC poster on their premises in a prominent place. Failure to do so will result in a $569 fine for each individual violation. In addition, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs certifies compliance through an audit for federal contractors.

As the new name suggests, the poster summarizes the rights of workers and union members under the laws enforced by the EEOC:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Equal Pay Act
  • Age discrimination in labor law
  • Genetic Information and Non-Discrimination Act

The poster also provides information on how to report discrimination.

Compared to the EEO is the Law poster, the new Know Your Rights poster includes the following changes:

  • Uses plain language;
  • notes that harassment is a prohibited form of discrimination;
  • Notes that gender discrimination includes discrimination based on pregnancy, sexual orientation and gender identity; and
  • Adds a QR code for quick digital access to the EEOC’s website, which explains how to file an indictment.

By law, Know Your Rights must be “posted in a prominent place on its premises where notices to employees, job applicants and members are normally posted.” EEOC also encourages employers to digitally post Know Your Rights in a prominent place on their websites. On your websiteThe EEOC notes that for employers without a physical location, or for workers who work remotely or remotely and do not regularly visit the employer’s workplace, a digital release of Know Your Rights “may be the only release.”

If you have additional questions about the new poster or the EEOC, contact Jackson Lewis’ attorney, who you normally work with.

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