The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released the Know Your Rights poster which updates and replaces the previous “EEO is the Law” poster. The poster also includes a QR code for applicants or employees to link directly to instructions for how to file a charge of workplace discrimination with the EEOC. In addition to these changes, the format of the poster has changed. Employers should begin using this poster as soon as possible.
The law requires an employer to post a notice describing Federal laws that prohibit job discrimination based on race, color, sex (including pregnancy and related conditions, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, religion, age (40 and older), equal pay, disability or genetic information (including family medical history or genetic tests or services), and retaliation for filing a charge, reasonably opposing discrimination, or participating in a discrimination lawsuit, investigation, or proceeding.
The “Know Your Rights” poster must be displayed by employers with 15 or more employees. It outlines employee anti-discrimination rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA
These posters should be placed in a conspicuous location in the workplace where notices to applicants and employees are customarily posted. In addition to physically posting, covered employers are encouraged to post the notice digitally on their web sites in a conspicuous location. In most cases, electronic posting supplements the physical posting requirement. In some situations it may be the only posting.
The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that notices of Federal laws prohibiting job discrimination be made available in a location that is accessible to applicants and employees with disabilities that limit mobility.
Printed notices should also be made available in an accessible format, as needed, to persons with disabilities that limit the ability to see or read. Notices can be recorded on an audio file, provided in an electronic format that can be utilized by screen-reading technology or read to applicants or employees with disabilities that limit seeing or reading ability. A screen-readable electronic format is available here.
The maximum penalty for violating the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) posting requirement will increase to $612 under a final rule published in the Federal Register on February 23, 2022.
The penalty is adjusted annually for inflation. The new maximum penalty reflects a 6.2 percent increase over the 2021 penalty of $576.
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