Nobody should be denied the freedom to work and provide for themselves and their families just because of who they are.

Unfortunately, too many bosses, corporations, and agencies deny or force people out of jobs simply because we are transgender or gender nonconforming, causing tremendously high rates of unemployment and underemployment in our communities. Transgender Law Center supports working people in their efforts to get and stay employed no matter how they express their gender. We combat workplace discrimination by providing information about the law, as well as about how to file a discrimination complaint with state, federal, and local agencies. We also educate employers about their legal obligations to create workplaces free from discrimination and harassment.

Tlc Resources


Know Your Rights: Transgender Employment Law in CA

Tools for Addressing Anti-Trans Discrimination

Model Employer Policy 

Tips for Working with Transgender Coworkers

Tips for Lawyers Working with Transgender Clients and Coworkers

DISCLOSURE Toolkit for Legal Professionals

Other Resources


San Francisco Transgender Employment Program
The Trans Employment Program (TEP) at the SF LGBT Center provides a wide range of services including job referrals and career coaching; navigating being out at work or transitioning on the job; resume review and managing references; hiring and community events; and legal services.

HRC’s Trans Toolkit for Employers
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s employer guide provides practical guidance in creating a more inclusive workplace for transgender and gender non-conforming employees.

Rood and Rebound Reentry Resources
Root and Rebound’s resources page includes national and state-based reentry resources (including employment resources) for formerly incarcerated people and family members, service providers, employers, landlords and more.

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