12800 Center Court Drive
Cerritos, CA 90703
Sukhi Ahluwalia is a partner in the Cerritos office. Ms. Ahluwalia represents California public school districts and county offices of education in all aspects of education and employment law. Her areas of expertise include charter schools, student rights and discipline, public employee rights, conflicts of interest, employment discrimination and sexual harassment, and transactional matters, including negotiating, drafting, and reviewing agreements.
Ms. Ahluwalia also conducts investigations into allegations of employee wrongdoing on behalf of employers, and advises employers on the conduct of their own investigations. She has represented school districts and county offices of education on charter school matters since the early years of the Charter Schools Act and is a recognized expert in charter school matters. Additionally, Ms. Ahluwalia works closely with school boards, both as general counsel and adviser on a variety of topics, including conduct of public meetings, conflict of interest issues, and responses to Public Records Act requests.
Ms. Ahluwalia formerly worked as in-house counsel at Southern California Edison, representing the company in all facets of labor and employment law. She has also served as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Pasadena.
Ms. Ahluwalia received her Bachelor's degree from Drake University. She received her Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Iowa and also attended the University of California, Los Angeles Law School. While at UCLA, Ms. Ahluwalia externed for the Honorable Justice Sheila Prell Sonenshine.
Ms. Ahluwalia is a sought-after presenter and instructor. She has provided training to many entities and professional associations on topics such as charter petition review, responsibilities of a charter authorizer, preventing discrimination, retaliation, harassment, conducting disciplinary investigations, responding to EEOC and DFEH complaints, and imposing employee discipline.
Ms. Ahluwalia is fluent in Punjabi.