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9 things to know about the new mandatory EEOC 'Know Your Rights' poster


On October 19 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a new mandatory poster summarizing employee protections against workplace discrimination. The “Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal” poster replaces the “Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law” poster, which was last revised in 2009.

It’s been a while since the agency last had a mandatory poster change, so questions are likely to emerge. Here are answers to nine of them:

1. Who must post the “Know Your Rights” poster?

All employers covered by the anti-discrimination laws enforced by the EEOC. Generally, this is employers with 15 or more employees.

2. What is the deadline for displaying the new “Know Your Rights” poster?

The agency has not provided a specific date for putting the poster on the wall, but has said that employers should “remove the old poster and display the new one within a reasonable amount of time.”

3. What is different about the new poster?

The “Know Your Rights” poster uses a bulleted format and plain language to present information about employment discrimination. It also: • Lists harassment as a prohibited form of discrimination.

  • Clarifies that discrimination based on pregnancy and related conditions, sexual orientation, or gender identity are all forms of sex discrimination.
  • Has a QR code that links to a web page about how to file charges.
  • Adds information about equal pay for federal contractors.

4. The agency posted an updated version on October 20. Is the “Know Your Rights” poster from October 19 still acceptable?

No. Employers must post the version with a revision date of 10/20/2022. This version notes that failure to provide accommodation for a sincerely held religious belief, observance, or practice can be challenged as discriminatory. The original version of the poster did not include the word “belief.”

5. Where does the poster need to be posted?

It must be placed in a conspicuous location in the workplace where notices for employees are usually displayed. The poster must be visible to job applicants as well, so employers should make sure a copy is placed in a spot where those applying or interviewing for a new position can see it.

6. Does the poster need to be placed online for remote workers?

The agency doesn’t say so directly, but does encourage employers to post it on a website in a conspicuous location. In addition, it notes that the electronic posting may be the only posting for employees who don’t visit the workplace regularly and for employers whose workforce is completely remote.

7. Do federal contractors still need to display a poster supplement from the EEOC?

No. The information from the EEOC’s poster supplement for federal contractors is included on the “Know Your Rights” poster.

8. Which languages is the poster available in?

English and Spanish. The EEOC notes that translations into other languages are on the way.

9. Where can I get the new “Know Your Rights” poster?

The poster can be downloaded and printed from the EEOC’s website, www.EEOC.gov. The agency does not offer printed copies. Employers who would like to purchase a printed version can work with a reputable labor law poster provider.

Key to remember: Covered employers must post the “Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal” posting within a reasonable amount of time.