Governing Laws

The Department follows the governing laws of the City and County of San Francisco and State of California. Relevant materials for the following laws are linked through the pages below.


On February 6, 2019, Mayor London N. Breed signed the Harassment Prevention Training Ordinance (No. 13-19) requiring the Department on the Status of Women to make public on its website regular reports on EEO harassment complaints, departmental completion of harassment prevention training, and settlements, lawsuits, and administrative claims alleging discrimination.


The City's Language Access Ordinance aims to ensure meaningful access and the same level of service to Limited English Proficient (LEP) persons that was available to all city residents. The Department submits to the Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA) an annual departmental compliance plan on reporting requirements.


San Francisco's Racial Equity Ordinance, passed in 2019, sets forth requirements to advance racial equity in the City and eliminate racial disparities, including departmental Racial Equity Action Plans to enact institutional and structural change to achieve racial equity.


Under the provisions of San Francisco Campaign Governmental Conduct Code (“C&GC Code) section 3.218., the Statement of Incompatible Activities is intended to guide officers and employees of the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women and the Commission on the Status of Women about the kinds of activities that are incompatible with their public duties and therefore prohibited.


Commissions, boards, councils, and other agencies of the City and County of San Francisco exist to conduct the people’s business. The Sunshine Ordinance (Chapters 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code) assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people’s review.

The City’s Sunshine Ordinance requires departments to make public on their websites the source of any money, goods or services they receive worth more than $100 in the aggregate for the purpose of carrying out or assisting any City function.

Commission vote on list of applicants sent to Mayor for the position of Department Director.

The Department on the Status of Women has a Custodian of Records whose duties include receiving and responding to requests for public records. Requests for the Department on the Status of Women records can be submitted by email to DOSW@SFGOV.ORG. See more information on public records requests.