Written By Digital Content Editor Thomas Ahearn
On October 3, 2022, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released an updated “Know Your Rights” poster to replace the previous “EEO is the Law” poster and covered employers are required by federal law to prominently display the poster at their work sites, according to a press release from the EEOC.
The poster summarizes a number of Federal laws prohibiting job discrimination that the EEOC enforces that require covered employers to post a notice and explains that employees or applicants can file a charge if they believe that they have experienced discrimination. The poster shares information about 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,
- Genetic information (including family medical history or genetic tests or services), and includes
- Retaliation for filing a charge, reasonably opposing discrimination, or participating in a discrimination lawsuit, investigation, or proceeding.
The EEOC’s web page for the “Know Your Rights” poster provides information about where to post the poster in the workplace. The poster itself also includes a QR (quick response) code for applicants or employees to link directly to instructions for how to file a charge of workplace discrimination with the EEOC.
The poster should be placed in a conspicuous location in the workplace where notices to applicants and employees are customarily posted. In addition to physically posting, employers are encouraged to post a notice digitally on their websites in a conspicuous location. Covered employers are subject to fines for noncompliance.
“The new ‘Know Your Rights’ poster is a win-win for employers and workers alike. The poster advances the EEOC’s mission both to prevent unlawful employment discrimination and remedy discrimination when it occurs,” EEOC Chair Charlotte A. Burrows stated in the press release about the poster.
The EEOC advances opportunity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. The EEOC offers information about race and color discrimination, sex discrimination, national origin discrimination, and disability discrimination. To learn more about the EEOC, visit www.eeoc.gov.
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