EEOC Increases Posting Penalties.


The penalty for violations of the notice posting requirements under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act is again increasing – from $525 to $534.

As we previously reported in our June 2016 E-Update, Title VII, ADA and GINA each require employers to post a notice describing the protections provided by these laws. This can be accomplished by displaying the Equal Employer Opportunity Commission’s “EEO is the Law” poster in a conspicuous location in the workplace where such notices for applicants and employees are customarily posted. Failure to post this required notice is subject to a monetary penalty.

Due to the passage of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, federal agencies must issue regulations annually to adjust for inflation the maximum civil penalties that they can impose. The EEOC’s first adjustment, which took effect in July 2016, increased the posting penalty from $210 to $525. The new final rule regarding the current increase takes effect on March 2, 2017.