Equal Employment Opportunity

The City and County of San Francisco (City) is committed to equal employment opportunity. It is the policy of the City to ensure:

  • equal opportunity to all employees and applicants;
  • that employees be selected and promoted based on merit and without discrimination;
  • reasonable accommodations for qualified employees and applicants that require them.

The City prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability or medical condition, Acquired Immune Deficiency (AIDS/HIV) or AIDS related conditions, political affiliation, sexual orientation, ancestry, marital or domestic partner status, gender identity, parental status, veteran status, height, weight, or any other basis protected by law.

The City also prohibits retaliation against any employee for making a good-faith complaint of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation for assisting another employee in doing so, or for participating in an investigation of a discrimination, harassment, or retaliation complaint.

See also:

Online Harassment Prevention Training
Harassment Free Workplace Policy
Sexual Harassment Policy (Administrative Code Sec. 16.9-25)
Language Diversity Policy

The Department of Human Resources Harassment Helpline is (415) 557-4900 or (415) 557-4810 (TTY). Employees and applicants can use this number to obtain information regarding EEO procedures and issues, to make a complaint or to ask questions.

Filing a Complaint
The Department of Human Resources, Equal Employment Opportunity Division (EEO Division) evaluates and investigates complaints filed by applicants and employees who believe they are experiencing discrimination, harassment, or retaliation in City employment.

How to File a Discrimination Complaint
How to File a Discrimination Complaint (PDF)
Department Report of Employment Discrimination Complaint (PDF)

Reasonable Accommodations of People with Disabilities
The EEO Division also assists departments in providing reasonable accommodations to employees and applicants with disabilities in conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). EEO Division staff responds to employee and applicant inquiries, provides assistance to departmental representatives, and engages in the interactive process to identify appropriate accommodations.

Employment Rights for People with Disabilities
Request for Reasonable Accommodation (PDF)
Health Care Provider Certification Form (PDF)
Medical Authorization and Release (PDF) 

Program for the Employment of the Severely Disabled (Rule 115 Program)
The EEO Division assists departments in the administration of Civil Service Rule 115, which provides for the exempt employment of qualified individuals who are severely disabled. Applicants must meet certain criteria for severe disability to apply for jobs through this program.
Rule 115 Program

EEO Reports
2013 Workforce Utilization Analysis (PDF)