Harsimran joined the Sikh Coalition’s legal team in 2007, became the Legal Director in 2008, and transitioned to a Senior Counsel role in 2017. In her decade as the Legal Director, she was responsible for all of the Sikh Coalition’s legal work, generally ranging from profiling, hate crimes, religious rights and workplace discrimination cases. During that time, the Sikh Coalition secured high-impact legal victories against multiple Fortune 500 employers and government agencies, ushered in a landmark anti-bullying settlement, successfully taken the United States military to court, and fought and protected the rights of hundreds of Sikh American clients who have faced discrimination and hate in the wake of 9/11. In the process, she fostered long-term pro bono relationships with some of the leading law firms across the United States, and established lasting partnerships with other civil rights organizations that safeguard the rights of Sikhs and other minorities across America.
In her current role as Senior Counsel, she works part-time providing strategic legal consulting and litigation support to the Sikh Coalition, as well as training and mentorship to the organization’s attorneys. Widely recognized as a national expert on the civil rights of Sikhs, Harsimran has been featured in news outlets like the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, and has been asked to speak on these issues by the American Bar Association and the National Employment Lawyers Association.
Prior to joining the Sikh Coalition full-time in 2008, she worked in a “of counsel” capacity, assisting with lobbying efforts and acting as a liaison to federal agencies since 2001. Harsimran was previously an associate at a Washington, D.C.-based litigation boutique firm specializing in federal civil rights matters and race-based employment discrimination in Washington D.C. During her tenure, she litigated individual, multi-plaintiff, and complex class action cases.
Harsimran holds her Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School and Bachelor of Arts in History from Haverford College.