Employers Must Display EEOC “Know Your Rights” Poster

11.04.22
people in office with EEOC notice

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released the “Know Your Rights” poster, which updates and replaces the previous “EEO is the Law” poster. Covered employers are required by federal law to prominently display the poster in their workplace. 

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What it covers

The poster includes federal laws prohibiting job discrimination, as well as a QR code for applicants or employees to link directly to instructions for filing a workplace discrimination charge with the EEOC. Both English and Spanish versions are currently available. 

The poster shares info about discrimination based on:

  • Race, color, sex (including pregnancy and related conditions, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, and religion
  • Age (40 and older)
  • Equal pay
  • Disability
  • Genetic information (including family medical history or genetic tests or services)
  • Retaliation for filing a charge, reasonably opposing discrimination, or participating in a discrimination lawsuit, investigation, or proceeding

What’s new

The “Know Your Rights” poster includes these changes:  

  • Uses straightforward language and formatting
  • Notes that harassment is a prohibited form of discrimination
  • Clarifies that sex discrimination includes discrimination based on pregnancy and related conditions, sexual orientation, or gender identity
  • Adds a QR code for fast digital access to the how to file a charge webpage
  • Provides information about equal pay discrimination for federal contractors

Where to post it

A physical version of the poster must be placed in an area where it is clearly visible. Covered employers are also encouraged to post the notice digitally on their website or a shared drive that employees can easily access. 

If businesses do not have a physical location or have remote workers, you must provide a digital copy to all employees. 

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that notices of federal laws prohibiting job discrimination are posted in accessible areas for applicants and employees with disabilities that limit mobility. 

More information is available at eeoc.gov. Nextep clients can contact their HR business partner with questions specific to their business and this requirement. 

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