Pawanpreet Dhaliwal — Employment attorney, San Francisco, CA

Pawanpreet K. Dhaliwal


PAWANPREET K. DHALIWAL is a senior associate at Outten & Golden LLP, where she provides zealous, client-centered, and trauma-informed representation to employees, professionals, and executives.

Ms. Dhaliwal negotiates, arbitrates, and litigates discrimination, harassment, and retaliation matters. She has contributed to obtaining numerous six-figure settlements*, including in cases on behalf of a technology start-up executive who experienced egregious sexual harassment and retaliation, a non-profit leader subjected to gender- and race-based pay inequities, and a healthcare whistleblower terminated after raising patient safety concerns. She has extensive experience representing employees in the technology and healthcare sectors, among others.

Ms. Dhaliwal has deep knowledge of California’s complex and ever-evolving workplace laws, including in the areas of sexual harassment, pay equity, discrimination based on race, religion, gender, disability, and leave status, and whistleblower retaliation. She is a member of the firm’s Individual Practice Area, Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Practice Group, and Whistleblower Retaliation Practice Group, and co-author of a chapter on California Harassment Law for a legal treatise.

Ms. Dhaliwal received her Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College in 2009, and her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in 2015.

Ms. Dhaliwal serves as a Co-Chair of the Civil Rights Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, one of the country’s oldest and largest minority bar associations. 

Prior to joining Outten & Golden, Ms. Dhaliwal worked as a civil and workers’ rights lawyer at a prominent labor union representing healthcare professionals, a reputable boutique employee-side law firm, and a leading national civil rights organization. 

(*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.)

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Bar Admissions & Professional Activities

Ms. Dhaliwal is admitted to practice law only in California. 

Ms. Dhaliwal is admitted to the following federal courts: The United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

  • Member, National Lawyers Guild

  • Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

  • Member, Asian American Bar Association - Greater Bay Area Chapter

    • Civil Rights Committee Co-Chair (2022 - Present)

  • Member, South Asian Bar Association of Northern California

    • Board Member (2016-2017)

    • Civil Rights Committee Co-Chair (2017)

    • Pro Bono Committee Co-Chair (2016-2017)

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Speaking Engagements


  • Moderator: "Hate Crimes, Anti-Semitism and the Rise of the White Nationalist Right," How to be a Good Ally: A Strategic Engagement Conference, San Francisco, CA


  • Panelist: "Diversity in the Military: Religious Accommodations for Minorities," NAPABA Annual Convention, San Diego, CA
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Publications & Articles

As many tech companies faced the tough decision to lay off thousands of workers last fall, Elon Musk’s chaotic and even antagonistic approach to his...

None of us are defined by a single trait or characteristic, and many individuals share more than one class of traits that may make them targets of...

Among other important topics, California Employment Law covers the essentials of the employment relationship, including mutual rights and duties...

The #MeToo Movement has inspired workers to engage in solidarity with colleagues experiencing sexual harassment, and many of these courageous acts...

The #MeToo movement successfully challenged decades of pervasive sexual harassment in the workplace and all facets of society. Since then, the...

This October marks the fifth anniversary of the #MeToo movement. Decades of silence and tacit acceptance by employers of workplace sexual harassment...

Sexual harassment at work or on campus is all too common. But when a disabled employee or student is the target of discrimination and abuse because of...

Outten & Golden LLP, By Tammy Marzigliano, Pawanpreet Dhaliwal, and Brittany Arnold

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Awards & Recognition

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star 2023
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