Remember those posters you are supposed to have in your physical offices?
Well the EEOC yesterday just released a new one that is sure to make all those companies that offer those posters (at a charge, instead of for free) happy.
The substance of the poster doesn’t change all that much though a QR code has been added so that employees can directly file a complaint using that code.
The EEOC, in a press release, notes that the new poster:
- Uses straightforward language and formatting;
- Notes that harassment is a prohibited form of discrimination;
- Clarifies that sex discrimination includes discrimination based on pregnancy and related conditions, sexual orientation, or gender identity;
- Adds a QR code for fast digital access to the how to file a charge webpage;
- Provides information about equal pay discrimination for federal contractors.
The EEOC doesn’t indicate when this poster should be used — other than to say that it should be used. As a practical matter, many employers update their posters yearly and should make sure that this gets added to the mix.
And remember, you don’t have to pay a company for the posters; you can typically just download them for free from various government websites. These outside companies make it easier but you pay for the convenience.