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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.

 

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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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January 23, 2018
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Samia Kirmani Discusses Employer Transparency Surrounding Sexual Harassment Allegations

January 23, 2018

Samia Kirmani discusses how much information human resource departments and companies should disclose to the public about employee misconduct in "HR's #MeToo Dilemma: How Much to Say About That Fired Employee?" published by Corporate Counsel. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

January 16, 2018
Law.com

Samia Kirmani and Jonathan Spitz Discuss Their Labor-Law Predictions for 2018

January 16, 2018

Samia Kirmani and Jonathan Spitz discuss labor-law trends employers can expect to see in 2018 in "Labor of Law: We Asked for Labor-Law Predictions for 2018. Here's What You Said," published by Law.com. Subscription may be required to view article  Read More

January 2, 2018
Chief Executive

Nadine Abrahams and Samia Kirmani Author "The Speak Out Evolution: Employers Must Re-Examine Their Sexual Harassment Prevention Programs"

January 2, 2018

Nadine Abrahams and Samia Kirmani author "The Speak Out Evolution: Employers Must Re-Examine Their Sexual Harassment Prevention Programs," (p. 22) published by Chief Executive Magazine.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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May 21, 2018

Supreme Court: Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements Do Not Violate Federal Labor Law

May 21, 2018

Class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements are enforceable under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), the U.S. Supreme Court has held in a much-anticipated decision in three critical cases. Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, No. 16-285; Ernst & Young LLP et al. v. Morris et al., No. 16-300; National Labor Relations Board v.... Read More

April 18, 2018

Massachusetts Equal Pay Act Calculation Tool: What Employers Need to Know

April 18, 2018

Ever since Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed the state Equal Pay Act (MEPA) on August 1, 2016, employers have been seeking direction on how employee pay should be analyzed to withstand scrutiny under the new law. MEPA goes into effect on July 1, 2018. On March 1, 2018, the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General (OAG)... Read More

March 6, 2018

Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Update: Commission Guidance and Q&As Available

March 6, 2018

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) on February 28, 2018, issued questions and answers (Q&A) to provide additional interpretive information about the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). This updates the MCAD’s January guidance. The PWFA becomes effective on April 1, 2018. PWFA amends G.L. c.... 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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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

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