Effective July 5, 2016, the maximum penalty per violation of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's notice posting requirements increases from $210 to $525.

Employers with 15 or more employees must display the EEOC poster that describes employers’ nondiscrimination obligations under several federal laws: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act.

These laws generally protect workers against job discrimination based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, equal pay, disability, and genetic information.

Connecticut law has similar posting requirements for employers with as few as three employees, with a maximum penalty of $250 for failure to post the notices required by the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

These notices must be posted in prominent and accessible places where notices to employees and applicants are customarily maintained.

CBIA’s poster kits can ensure you meet all your workplace posting obligations.

CBIA’s poster kits can ensure you meet all your workplace posting obligations.

Background

Until this year, federal law required each federal agency to periodically adjust their penalty formula to account for inflation, so as not to dilute the remedial impact of civil monetary penalties and to promote compliance with the law.

The EEOC first adjusted the civil monetary penalty for violations of the federal notice posting requirements in 1997, raising the maximum penalty per violation from $100 to $110.

The second adjustment occurred in 2014, upping the maximum penalty to $210.

This latest increase to $525 as of July 5, 2015, is in accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, which requires an annual review of the maximum penalty for possible adjustment every Jan. 15, starting in 2017, based on changes in the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers.