Federal Worker Discrimination Poster Updates

December 1, 2022

On October 20, 2022, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, referred to as the EEOC, issued a completely redesigned poster that replaces the current mandatory EEOC poster. It includes extensive changes that reflect multiple regulatory changes made over the past eight years. All covered U.S. employers are required to update the posting immediately.

The updated poster is called ‘Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal.’ The new posting impacts employers with 15+ employees (not including contractors).

What are the changes to the EEOC poster?

The entire poster was revamped, including a new name and extensive modifications to seven sections.

The updated ‘Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal’ poster:

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

What regulatory changes are covered in the ‘Know Your Rights’ poster?

The updated poster summarizes four different regulations/laws issued from 2014-2020:

  • Sexual orientation and gender identity (all private employers with 15+ employees) — a Supreme Court ruling on 6/15/20 that gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals are protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • Pay transparency (federal contractors) — a new rule by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) on 1/11/16 that employers with federal contracts cannot discriminate/retaliate against employees or applicants for discussing their wages
  • Sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination (federal contractors) — a final rule by the Department of Labor on 4/8/15 that employers with federal contracts cannot discriminate against applicants or employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity
  • New affirmative action requirements for protected veterans (federal contractors) — new rules by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) on 3/24/14 that employers with federal contracts must meet new affirmative action obligations for hiring protected veterans and disabled individuals

Place the poster in a conspicuous location in the workplace where notices to applicants and employees are customarily posted. In addition to physical posting, covered employers are encouraged to post the notice digitally on their websites in a conspicuous location. It may be the only posting in some situations where your employees work remotely or do not visit the workplace.

Printed notices should also be made available in an accessible format, as needed, to persons with disabilities that limit the ability to see or read. Notices can be recorded on an audio file, provided in an electronic format that can be utilized by screen-reading technology or read to applicants or employees with disabilities that limit seeing or reading ability.

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Follow these links to download a printable version of the poster:

For screen readers & electronic posting

For printing & posting in the workplace