EEOC bumps up poster violation penalty

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has adjusted its poster violation penalty for inflation, raising the fine from $534 to $545.

Every employer covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act must post notices describing the pertinent provisions of those laws.

For many, EEOC’s “EEO is the Law” poster satisfies this requirement.

Posters must be prominently displayed in a common area where workers and job applicants normally congregate.

In addition to requiring that employers post EEO information in the workplace, the EEOC also strongly encourages companies to post the notice online.

In fact, it says that “in some situations, (e.g., for employees who telework and do not visit the employer’s workplace on a regular basis), it may be required in addition to physical posting.”

Employers also need to ensure that notices are accessible to individuals with disabilities, whether that includes placing the poster in an accessible location or offering a screen-reader friendly version.

The EEOC makes the poster available in an accessible version and in several different languages on its website.

Employers frequently get themselves in trouble for perfunctorily putting these posters where they cannot be readily seen by employees, or not posting them at all. When an EEOC investigator stops by, often the first thing they inquire about is the EEO poster, and being out of compliance is not an auspicious way to begin an EEOC investigation.

About the Author

Larry Hannappel

Larry spent 16 years with Century Casino’s and was instrumental in the start-up and growth of the company through expansions in Canada, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Poland and on several cruise ships as well as in Colorado. He was most recently the SVP, Principal Finance Officer and COO of North American operations for Century Casinos Inc., a multinational, Nasdaq-traded gaming company. Earlier in his career, Larry worked at the Johns Manville Corp. Larry spent 13 years in various accounting and finance functions in the company’s fiberglass manufacturing division and was key in the start-up of a molding plant in Indiana. Larry and his wife Kathy and three children live in Colorado. He enjoys four-wheeling, motorcycling, golfing, skiing and brewing beer.

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