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Samia M. Kirmani

Principal
Boston

P 617-367-0025
F 617-367-2155
Samia.Kirmani@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

​​Samia M. Kirmani is a Principal in the Boston, Massachusetts, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. and Co-Leader of the firm's Workplace Training Practice Group.  She is also a member of firm's pay equity and sexual harassment resource groups. 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 harassment, discrimination, diversity and inclusion, pay equity, health and leave management, reductions in force, retaliation and whistleblower matters, individual separations, and employee relations issues. Ms. Kirmani also conducts and advises clients with respect to investigations, including those involving leadership, boards, managers, employees, and third parties. She also assists clients with creation, revision, and implementation of workplace policies. She also routinely conducts management and employee trainings on topics in employment law, including sexual harassment prevention, diversity and inclusion, and best management practices. Ms. Kirmani serves as a firm resource on drafting and implementing national arbitration agreements.  Ms. Kirmani defends employers in employment-related administrative proceedings at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. 

Ms. Kirmani is a frequent speaker, commentator, and author for various audiences and publications on workplace law topics, such as harassment, investigations, diversity and inclusion, discrimination, pay equity, arbitration agreements and class action waivers, leaves of absence and related matters.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Ms. Kirmani served as in-house counsel at a technology company, focusing on employment law (including employee relations, harassment, 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

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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
  • Pakistan Association of Greater Boston
  • 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 20, 2018
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Samia Kirmani Discusses Increased Demand for Workplace Investigations in the Wake of the #MeToo Movement

August 20, 2018

Samia Kirmani comments on an increased demand for performing and advising investigations and training requests on how to respond to reports of bad behavior in "Investigations Practices Pivot Amid 'Cascade' of Misconduct Claims," published by Law.com. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

August 15, 2018
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Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

August 15, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 200 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been named to the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive guide to legal... Read More

August 9, 2018
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

Samia Kirmani Discusses the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act

August 9, 2018

Samia Kirmani discusses the recently enacted Massachusets Equal Pay Act and what it means for employers in "Law firms face their own MEPA perils, experts warn," published by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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October 24, 2018

Availability of Class Arbitration is for Court to Decide, Appeals Court Rules

October 24, 2018

Vacating a $10 million arbitration award resulting from a “collective action” arbitration, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that whether class or collective arbitration is authorized by an arbitration agreement is a threshold question for the district court, not an arbitrator. Herrington v. Waterstone Mortgage Corp... Read More

October 1, 2018

California Governor Vetoes Bill Prohibiting Mandatory Arbitration Provisions in Employment Contracts

October 1, 2018

In a last-minute action on the September 30 legislative deadline, California’s Governor vetoed a bill that, among other things, would have imposed restrictions on the use of arbitration agreements for certain employment claims. Under vetoed Assembly Bill 3080, beginning on January 1, 2019, employers in California would have been... Read More

September 4, 2018

New Delaware Anti-Sexual Harassment Law Includes Notice Distribution, Training Requirements

September 4, 2018

A new Delaware law specifically addresses the prohibition against sexual harassment under the Delaware Discrimination in Employment Act (DDEA), sets an affirmative defense for employers, imposes mandatory notice distribution on employers with at least four employees within the state, and provides anti-sexual harassment training... Read More

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Preparing for New York State and New York City’s New Sexual Harassment Prevention Mandates: What Employers Should Consider Now

April 25, 2018 - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

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Executive Series: Bolstering Your Preventive Practices to Meet the New Wave of Harassment Claims

December 14, 2017 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

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

September 27, 2017 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST

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Availability of Class Arbitration is for Court to Decide, Appeals Court Rules
October 24, 2018

Vacating a $10 million arbitration award resulting from a “collective action” arbitration, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that whether class or collective arbitration is authorized by an arbitration agreement is a threshold question for the district court, not an arbitrator. Herrington v. Read More

By Samia M. Kirmani, Brendan Sweeney and Avi Saiger

California Governor Vetoes Bill Prohibiting Mandatory Arbitration Provisions in Employment Contracts
October 1, 2018

In a last-minute action on the September 30 legislative deadline, California’s Governor vetoed a bill that, among other things, would have imposed restrictions on the use of arbitration agreements for certain employment claims. Read More

Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office Publishes Guidance On Pay Equity Law
March 1, 2018

Today, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office published its long-awaited guidance on Massachusetts’ new pay equity law, which is effective July 1, 2018.  The guidance addresses a number of frequently asked questions and further provides guidance for employers on conducting “self-evaluations” of pay practices.  A link to the Attorney Read More