The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently released a new “Know Your Rights” poster (dated October 20, 2022), which replaces the previous “EEO is the Law” poster. They have provided our firm with some guidance about this new “Know Your Rights” poster that we are sharing with you because covered employers are required under the law to prominently display this poster at their offices.
The poster is designed to inform workers about their rights and give them the tools to file a charge of discrimination or retaliation with the EEOC. I’m fact, it features a QR code for applicants or employees to link directly to instructions for how to file a charge of workplace discrimination with the EEOC.
The new “Know Your Rights” poster also includes the following changes: (i) Uses straightforward language and formatting; (ii) Notes that harassment is a prohibited form of discrimination; (iii) Clarifies that sex discrimination includes discrimination based on pregnancy and related conditions, sexual orientation, or gender identity; (iv) Provides information about equal pay discrimination for federal contractors.
The poster is available in English and Spanish and will be available in additional languages at a later date. Further, it is available and accessible for individuals who are bling or visually impaired as their is an available PDF that has been optimized for screen readers.
The EEOC also advises that “in addition to physically posting, covered employers are encouraged to post a notice digitally on their websites in a conspicuous location. In most cases, electronic posting supplements the physical posting requirement. In some situations (for example, for employers without a physical location or for employees who telework or work remotely and do not visit the employer's workplace on a regular basis), it may be the only posting.”
So pull down your old posted and replace it with the new one as soon as possible to remain compliant. And remember, the EEOC does not provide printed copies of the poster, so employers will need to download and print the two-page PDF.
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Ensuring compliance with the EEOC rules, regulations, and guidance can be tricky. If you have any specific questions or concerns about this new rights poster, contact an experienced Florida employment law attorney for immediate assistance.