EEO Poster Fine Increases April 18, 2014

Last Wednesday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that the fine for failing to post the notice required by federal nondiscrimination laws will increase from $110 to $210 per violation. The higher fine goes into effect April 18, 2014.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act require employers with 15 or more employees, employment agencies, and labor organizations to post a notice describing provisions of each law. Notices must be posted in a conspicuous place where other notices to employees and job applicants are customarily located. A single copy of the notice usually suffices, but employers with multiple locations generally must post the notice in each location.

The ADA specifically requires the notice to be in an accessible format. That means it must be placed in an accessible location and in a form that can be understood by those with vision impairments, either by recording the information or having someone read it aloud.

The current notice called “EEO is the Law” is available here. Samples are available in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese. Although there is no requirement to post notices in other languages, this is recommended for employers with employees who do not speak English as their first language.