12B Equal Benefits Program
Pursuant to Chapter 12B of the San Francisco Administrative Code, the Equal Benefits Unit is charged with implementing and enforcing the groundbreaking ordinance that prohibits the City and County of San Francisco from contracting with vendors that discriminate in the provision of benefits between employees with domestic partners and employees with spouses, and/or between the domestic partners and spouses of such employees. It was the first Equal Benefits Ordinance in the United States. Nineteen other jurisdictions subsequently adopted Equal Benefits Ordinances.
Since 1997, more than 20,000 vendors have achieved compliance with the San Francisco Equal Benefits Ordinance. These vendors employ a pool of over 5.7 million people nationwide. The advantages of the Chapter 12B Equal Benefits Ordinance extend beyond this group to the uncounted dependents who participate in their domestic partner’s benefits.