The County of San Mateo has developed and adopted a new Transgender Policy for its employees.  This policy was unanimously approved and supported by the County Board of Supervisors at its February 12 meeting.  This Transgender Policy reaffirms the County’s commitment to providing a welcoming, safe, and inclusive environment for all employees. This policy supports the County’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy which prohibits discrimination on the basis of certain protected characteristics such as sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

The Transgender Policy provides guidance to address the issues that arise pertaining to transgender and transitioning employees, clarifies the expectations and process for managers, supervisors, and employees, and creates a safe and productive work environment for all employees. This policy does not anticipate every situation that might occur with respect to transgender or transitioning employees, and the needs of each employee may be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

The creation of this policy was the result of collaboration and support from County leadership, the Human Resources Department, the San Mateo County LGBTQ Commission, and the San Mateo County Pride Center, among other stakeholders. 

The full policy can be downloaded via the Human Resource website: https://hr.smcgov.org/transgender-policy