December 4, 2009Client Alert

New EEOC Poster Required

Federal law requires private employers, educational institutions, state and local governments, and labor organizations to post notices describing the laws prohibiting job discrimination based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, equal pay, disability, and most recently, genetic information. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") makes these postings available on its website or through the mail. The EEOC recently revised its "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law Poster" to incorporate amendments made to the Americans with Disabilities Act and to add new information about the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, which became effective on November 21, 2009. The revised poster also includes updates from the Department of Labor.

The EEOC provides several ways to comply with the law, the details of which can also be found on its website at The options are as follows:

  1. Print the supplement below and post it alongside the EEOC's September 2002, "EEO is the Law" poster or OFCCP's August 2008 "EEO is the Law" poster.

  2. Print and post the EEOC’s November 2009 version of the “EEO is the Law” poster.

  3. Order a new poster through the EEOC Clearinghouse. The EEOC currently indicates that the poster is on backorder but will be shipped when the poster becomes available in the near future.

The EEOC's website provides a simple electronic order form and provides options for ordering the different posters in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese.

For more information, please contact one of the authors of this alert or your Michael Best attorney.

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