Title VII Posting Violation Penalties Increase 150% Effective July 1, 2016

The EEOC has increased the maximum penalty for employers that violate the posting provisions of Title VII, the Americans with Disability Act ("ADA") and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act ("GINA") from $210 to $525 per violation, more than doubling the prior penalty amount. They state the increase is due to inflation and the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. The increase goes into effect July 1, 2016. The last increase was in 2014 but this increase is the largest increase in history.

Employers must post as follows to avoid a penalty situation: Place notices of Title VII, the ADA, and GINA in a prominent location, meaning in a location where the majority of employees customarily access. Such locations might be a locker room, a lunch room, or a break room. If you have any questions or want to confirm whether your company is following posting guidelines, please contact Mellissa Schafer in our L.A. office or your regular Hinshaw attorney.

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