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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

New EEOC Poster Up By November 21

By Tommy Eden

Federal law requires postings in workplaces informing individuals of their rights under federal employment discrimination laws. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has published a notice revising its “Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law” poster to reflect changes required by the employment provisions (Title II) of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), which become effective on November 21, 2009.

The revised poster also includes updates from the Department of Labor.
There are several ways for employers to comply with the law:

1. Print the supplement below and post it alongside EEOC’s September 2002 “EEO is the Law” poster or OFCCP’s August 2008 “EEO is the Law” poster.

o “EEO is the Law” poster supplement

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

o “EEO is the Law” poster

3. Order a new poster through the EEOC Clearinghouse at the address provided below. Please note that the EEOC poster is on backorder and will be shipped when the poster becomes available in the near future. The new poster will also be available in Spanish, Chinese and Arabic before the GINA statute becomes effective on November 21, 2009.

If you need more than ten copies of the poster contact:
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 541
Annapolis Junction, MD 20701
Fax: (301) 206-9789
or call: 1-800-669-3362 (voice)
1-800-800-3302 (TTY)

To order free copies of the printed poster, complete and submit the form on the EEOC Website at

Tommy Eden is a Lee County native, an attorney with the local office of Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP and a member of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and serves on the Board of Directors for the East Alabama SHRM Chapter. He can be contacted at or 334-246-2901. Blog at