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EEOC Releases Updated “Know Your Rights” Poster

by | Dec 22, 2022 | Firm News

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently drafted and published an updated “Know Your Rights” poster. This poster effectively replaces the previous “EEO is the Law” poster.

Federal law requires employers with 15 or more employees to post workplace notices that explain civil rights workplace protections. The notices must either be prepared or approved by the EEOC, and must be posted conspicuously in places where notices to applicants and employees are routinely posted. Although for most it is not a requirement, employers are also encouraged to make electronic versions of the poster available in a prominent location on company sites. For employers with an entirely remote workforce, electronic posting may be the only form of posting required.

The EEOC periodically updates a model poster that contains all necessary information. This new “Know Your Rights” poster is one of these updates. It provides information on various protected categories, and now clarifies that harassment is a form of unlawful discrimination. It also makes clear that discrimination based on pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity are forms of prohibited sex discrimination.

Currently, the updated poster is only available in English. Versions in additional languages may be available later on EEOC’s website. Employers can satisfy Title VII’s posting requirement by printing and posting the new “Know Your Rights” poster.