Equal Opportunity Ordinances

Similar to an equal benefits ordinance, an equal opportunity ordinance requires contractors with a state or local government to provide equal opportunity to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers. To comply with such a law, a contractor must amend its equal employment opportunity or non-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

The City and County of San Francisco became the first jurisdiction to require government contractors to provide equal benefits to their employees in 1996. The first known inclusive equal opportunity ordinance was implemented by the City of St. Louis in 2009.

Localities with Ordinances

  • Bloomington, Indiana
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tucson, Arizona
  • Austin, Texas

Localities with Executive Orders

  • Houston, Texas