Sejal was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated with honors from University of Illinois at Chicago and Cum Laude from Northern Illinois College of Law. After moving to Northern California's San Francisco Bay Area in 2000, Sejal has gained extensive experience in employment law.
Sejal experienced discrimination, up close and personal, at a very early age. As the daughter of immigrants from India, she was bullied and ridiculed at her elementary and high school. Though Sejal is a native born American who speaks unaccented English, she was not spared. Once her classmates discovered that the store across the street from their school was owned by her immigrant parents who did have accents, her problems began. Suddenly, she was “the marginal other” in a country she’d been born in.
These childhood experiences left a lasting impression which helped Sejal transmute a negative experience into a positive call to action for change. Within her came about a passion to use her experiences and her legal knowledge to educate others on the topics of civility, discrimination, bullying, and harassment.
Why hire Sejal Thakkar? Simple. She is a Legal Training Ninja.
Sejal possesses litigation experience in employment-related matters with an emphasis on wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation cases. She counsels management, human resources personnel, and employees on all facets of the employment relationship from hiring to coaching, discipline, and separation. The legal advice she offers includes providing coaching on handling employee relations issues, proper documentation, and constructive action to promote positive employee performance and behaviors. Sejal is experienced at reviewing, writing, and updating human resources policies. She conducted numerous workplace investigations and assisted in resolving conflicts between employees.
Effective training is a valuable tool in reducing workplace harassment, especially when it is incorporated into a holistic culture of non-harassment. Training is most effective when it is tailored to the specific workforce and workplace and provided to all employees. Workplace civility training that focuses on promoting respect and civility in the workplace along with focused training on eliminating unwelcome or offensive behavior that is based on characteristics protected under the anti-discrimination laws are essential for all employees.
With her natural ability to engage, inspire, and connect to her audience, Sejal successfully educates on these topics, as well as others. While working for CPS HR Consulting, she conducted numerous training seminars for the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Office of Systems Integrations, CALHR, the Department of General Services, and the Oakland Housing Authority. As a Senior Complaint Resolution Officer at the University of California San Francisco, Sejal provided anti-discriminatory, bullying, and sexual harassment training to faculty, staff, and students. She also presented bystander intervention training to combat sexual violence by empowering students, staff, and faculty to intervene if they witnessed harassing behavior.
Additionally, Sejal has taught various courses at the University of San Diego and California Southern University School of Law. Currently, Sejal is an adjunct professor at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, California.
Ninja: As she grew up in a suburb of Chicago, Sejal fought hatred and discrimination on a regular basis. She refused to allow ignorance, insensitivity, and the bullying conduct of others impact her inner “ninja”. Armed with knowledge she gained from these experiences, Sejal teaches that harassment will not stop on its own – it’s up to all of us to be part of the fight to stop workplace harassment. We cannot be complacent bystanders and expect our workplace cultures to change by themselves. Sejal passionately transforms the workplace and education settings into places of civility by empowering others to be a part of the solution. Her goal is to empower each employee to create a positive workplace environment.
Nothern Illinois College of Law, Juris Doctor
University of Illinois at Chicago, Bachelor of Science in Accounting
State Bar of California, Bar No. 226778.
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