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 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.
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 conducts workplace investigations.
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, for a variety of public and private sector clients all over the globe.
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.
Unconscious bias is about recognizing how our assumptions can influence our decisions and making a conscientious effort to overcome those assumptions. The real danger of unconscious bias is that it divides people into an us vs. them mentality. Working to address specific areas around unconscious bias will lead to a more diverse, unified, and connected workforce that operates at its full potential.
"Sejal's discussion on unconscious bias was relevant and engaging. The attendees were very impressed with Sejal's knowledge, but they were very comfortable in sharing experiences, concerns or asking questions. You know that Sejal is very passionate about civility in the workplace, and honestly, although the subject can be intimidating, you just want to take it all in and hear her. I can't wait to attend one of Sejal's talks. Thank you for your work in bringing civility to the workplace and in promoting dignity, respect, and trust!"
-Griselda Gonzalez, Corporate, Government & Non-Profit Relocation and Storage Contract Manager - CG Moving Company, Inc.
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