Below is a brief list of resources that may be especially helpful. This collection is only a small representation of transgender-welcoming services in California and the United States. Searching online for additional resources may yield more specific information or assistance. Resources are divided by California-specific organizations, national organizations, and general resources. For ease of use, we have specified whether organizations provide direct or support services, and to what extent they serve the LGBT communities, and specifically, to what extent they serve transgender communities. National Lawyers Guild Interns spoke with representatives of almost all of these organizations to ensure that our description of their services is correct and up-to-date, and that they are explicitly welcoming of transgender community members.
San Francisco Resources
San Francisco Human Rights Commission
To File a Complaint: http://www.sf-hrc.org/index.aspx?page=85
25 Van Ness Avenue, Room 800
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 252-2500
The San Francisco Human Rights Commission works to provide leadership and advocacy to secure, protect, and promote human rights for all people. The Human Rights Commission is charged with investigating complaints of discrimination based on gender identity. Staff are also available to provide training and education, and to help create implementation plans for agencies, business establishments, and organizations seeking to comply with the law.
The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) receives and investigates discrimination complaints in its six offices throughout California. Three regional/district offices handle employment, public accommodations and hate violence cases, two district offices handle housing cases, and a special investigations unit focuses on systemic discrimination cases statewide. In addition, there are three legal offices that prosecute cases. The DFEH routinely provides technical assistance to employers, business establishments and housing providers regarding their responsibilities under the law.
Legal Aid Society’s Employment Law Center, www.las-elc.org
180 Montgomery Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: (415) 864-8848
Workers’ Rights Clinics Information Line: (415) 864-8208 or Toll-Free at (866) 864-8208 Holds regular workers’ rights clinics throughout San Francisco and other cities in California to provide information to low-income workers about their legal rights, and helps LGBTQ workers address discrimination and harassment they face at work. They also offer specialized assistance in the areas of family medical leave, domestic violence and employment, and language rights at work.
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates champions safe and equitable workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. They advocate building and strengthening successful organizations that value all employees, customers and communities and provide diversity trainings for employers, many of which focus on transgender issues. They also provide online webinars on LGBT workplace issues.
TEEI is designed to assist transgender individuals find financial self-sufficiency through stable employment in jobs by linking them with employers. TEEISF provides support for transgender job seekers and newly placed employees, and assists in improving the safety in San Francisco workplaces. Services provided include job search workshops, job fairs, and one-on-one job search support.
The Transgender Law Center (TLC) is a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities. TLC provides direct legal services, engages in public policy advocacy and education and works to change laws and systems that fail to incorporate the needs and experiences of transgender people.
National Employment Law Project, www.nelp.org
75 Maiden Lane, Suite 601
New York, NY 10038
Phone: (212) 285-3025
Fax: (212) 285-3044
405 14th Street, Suite 1400
Oakland, CA, 94612
The National Employment Law Project (NELP) has advocated for over 30 years on behalf of low-wage workers, the poor, the unemployed, and other groups that face significant barriers to employment and government systems of support.
National Center for Lesbian Rights, www.nclrights.org
870 Market Street, Suite 370
San Francisco, CA 94102
Legal Helpline: (415) 392-6257 (9 am to 5 pm PST)
Toll Free Helpline: (800) 528-6257 (9 am to 5 pm PST)
Legal Helpline request form: http://www.nclrights.org/legal-help-resources/
The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) helps LGBT individuals and families nationwide through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education. NCLR offers a legal helpline during regular business hours, and the best way to request assistance is by filling out an online help form on NCLR's website. NCLR provides referrals, assistance locating LGBT-aware attorneys, and offers limited direct services.
National Center for Transgender Equality, www.transequality.org
1325 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 903-0112
Fax: (202) 393-2241
The National Center for Transgender Equality is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people.
Sylvia Rivera Law Project, www.srlp.org
147 West 24th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10011
Phone/Legal Helpline: (212) 337-8550
SRLP provides free legal services to transgender, intersex and gender nonconforming low-income people and people of color in the New York area. SRLP provides advice and referral for a wide variety of legal issues. Sometimes, they can also provide more help, such as advocacy, help with a case you are bringing on your own, or, more rarely, representation in a legal action.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit. Most employers with at least 15 employees are covered by EEOC laws (20 employees in age discrimination cases). Most labor unions and employment agencies are also covered. The laws apply to all types of work situations, including hiring, firing, promotions, harassment, training, wages, and benefits.