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Samia M. Kirmani

Principal
Boston

P 617-367-0025
F 617-367-2155
KirmaniS@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Samia M. Kirmani is a Principal in the Boston, Massachusetts, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. and co-leader of the Workplace Training Practice Group. She concentrates her practice in employment counseling, training, policy development, and litigation on behalf of management.

Ms. Kirmani provides practical legal advice to clients on various employment law issues, including discrimination, pay equity, health and leave management, reductions in force, retaliation and whistleblower matters, individual separations, and employee relations issues. Ms. Kirmani also assists clients with policy creation, revision and implementation and routinely conducts management and employee trainings on topics in employment law, including sexual harassment prevention and best management practices. Ms. Kirmani also advises clients with respect to drafting and implementing national arbitration agreements.

Ms. Kirmani defends employers in employment-related litigation and administrative proceedings at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Ms. Kirmani is a frequent speaker and addresses Legal and Human Resources audiences on current and various workplace law topics, such as paid sick leave, arbitration agreements and class action waivers, pay equity, and employment discrimination.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Ms. Kirmani served as in-house counsel at a technology company, focusing on employment law (including employee relations, discrimination, employment disputes and reduction in force issues) and dispute management. While attending law school, she was a Solicitations Editor for the Boston College International and Comparative Law Review.

Honors and Recognitions

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Boston College Law School Alumni Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, House of Delegates, former member
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Employment & Labor Law Curriculum Advisory Committee, former member
  • South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston, Advisory Committee Member (2009-present) and former President (2007-2009)
  • South Asian Bar Association of North America, Labor and Employment Section Board Member and Former Co-Chair
     

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August 14, 2017
Bloomberg BNA

Samia Kirmani Discusses Employer Liability for Employee’s Off-Duty Conduct

August 14, 2017

Samia Kirmani discusses how employers can respond to workers' controversial off-duty conduct in "Can You Fire Someone for Attending a Rally of Racists?" published by Bloomberg BNA. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

June 30, 2017
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Publishes Q2 Diversity and Inclusion Committee Newsletter

June 30, 2017

Please enjoy our Diversity and Inclusion Committee Newsletter for the second quarter of 2017. A best practice of our firm, it includes personal, diversity-focused messages from our Diversity Committee Chair and Diversity Committee Manager, and highlights diverse attorney promotions, diversity-related activities, sponsorships and events... Read More

January 1, 2017
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Jackson Lewis Publishes Q4 Diversity Committee Newsletter

January 1, 2017

Please enjoy our Diversity Committee Newsletter for the fourth quarter of 2016. A best practice of our firm, it includes personal, diversity-focused messages from our Diversity Committee Chair and Diversity Committee Manager, and highlights diverse attorney promotions, diversity-related activities, sponsorships and events the firm has... Read More

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July 31, 2017

Massachusetts Strengthens Protections for Pregnant Workers

July 31, 2017

An amendment to the Massachusetts Fair Employment Practices Act, G.L. c. 151B, expressly includes pregnancy as a protected characteristic and expands accommodation requirements for pregnant employees. The amended law goes into effect April 1, 2018. Requirements The amended law expressly establishes pregnancy “or any condition... Read More

January 13, 2017

Supreme Court to Review Validity of Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements

January 13, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements violate the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). The Supreme Court’s action promises the much-anticipated resolution of the circuit split on the issue. The Court on January 13, 2017, granted certiorari in... Read More

December 19, 2016

Class Action Trends Report Winter 2016

December 19, 2016

Our quarterly report discusses new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims. This issue covers the following topics: Defending class discrimination claims Disparate treatment vs. disparate impact The legislation The case law Prevention pointer... Read More

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The Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and Employer Obligations to Pregnant and New Parent Workers

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The Amended Massachusetts Equal Pay Act: One Year Out

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ALERT: United States Supreme Court Delays Oral Argument in Class Action Waiver Cases
February 9, 2017

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court notified the parties in National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA, Case No. 16-307; Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, Case No. 16-285; and Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris, Case No. 16-300 that the cases will be heard in October 2017. Read More

By Samia M. Kirmani, Daniel L. Messeloff and Jeffrey A. "Jake" Schwartz

United States Supreme Court Agrees to Review Class Action Waiver Cases
January 13, 2017

Earlier today, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA, Case No. 16-307, Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, Case No. 16-285 and Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris, Case No. Read More

By Samia M. Kirmani, Daniel L. Messeloff, David E. Nagle, Jeffrey A. "Jake" Schwartz and Collin O'Connor Udell

ALERT: United States Supreme Court Agrees to Review Class Action Waiver Cases
January 13, 2017

Earlier today, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA, Case No. 16-307, Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, Case No. 16-285 and Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris, Case No. Read More

By Samia M. Kirmani, Daniel L. Messeloff, Jeffrey A. "Jake" Schwartz, Collin O'Connor Udell and David Nagle