EEOC Releases Updated “Know Your Rights” Workplace Poster

By Alicia Ward, Peter Moser, Kathleen Berney, Catherine Reuben   October 26, 2022

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) just announced its release of a new version of the “Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal” workplace poster, which updates the “EEO is the Law” poster.

The updated version of the “Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal” workplace poster is available here.

Covered employers must prominently display the poster which summarizes employment discrimination laws and explains how to file a complaint. Most employers with at least 15 employees are covered by the federal anti-discrimination laws enforced by the EEOC (20 employees in age discrimination cases). Most labor unions and employment agencies are also covered. Workplace 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 a notice digitally on their websites in a conspicuous location.

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The new “Know Your Rights” poster includes the following 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.

Employers should not only update the “Know Your Rights” poster, but also take the opportunity to confirm that their state and local workplace posters are likewise up to date.

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