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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 the 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 regularly conducts interactive and engaging training programs for boards, executive leadership teams, managers, employees, individuals, in-house counsel, and human resource professionals on various workplace topics, such as discrimination and harassment prevention, conducting workplace investigations, and understanding unconscious bias. 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 and dispute management.

While attending law school, she was a Solicitations Editor for the Boston College International and Comparative Law Review.

 

Honors and Recognitions

Best Lawyers Award Badge
The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Harvard Law School Title IX Adjudicators Panel
  • 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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May 30, 2019
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Jackson Lewis Recommended in The Legal 500 2019

May 30, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 30, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and its attorneys have been recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2019 in the following practice areas falling under the Labor and Employment designation: Employee Benefits... Read More

December 27, 2018
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Samia Kirmani Discusses Implications of New Sexual Harassment Training Mandate in Delaware

December 27, 2018

Samia Kirmani discusses the implications of new sexual harassment training mandates under a new law that takes effect Jan. 1 in "Delaware Catches #MeToo Wave as Harassment Law Takes Effect," published by Bloomberg BNA.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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

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U.S. Supreme Court Roundup – 2018-2019

July 9, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court term that ended in June 2019 included decisions on many topics important to workplace law, including class actions, arbitration, and administrative exhaustion and Title VII claims. Class Actions, Arbitration The Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that class action arbitration is such a departure from ordinary,... Read More

May 2, 2019

Massachusetts Extends Deadlines for PFMLA Notice to Employees and Private Plan Exemptions

May 2, 2019

In an effort to help businesses, on May 1, 2019, the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) extended both the deadline to notify employees about the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) and the deadline for employers to apply for a “private plan” exemption from law. Previously, the DFML required... Read More

April 24, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court: Employment Class Arbitration Must Be Expressly Addressed in Contract

April 24, 2019

Class action arbitration is such a departure from ordinary, bilateral arbitration of individual disputes that courts may compel class action arbitration only where the parties expressly declare their intention to be bound by such actions in their arbitration agreement, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-4 decision. Lamps Plus, Inc.... 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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U.S. Supreme Court: Employment Class Arbitration Must Be Expressly Addressed in Contract
April 25, 2019

Class action arbitration is such a departure from ordinary, bilateral arbitration of individual disputes that courts may compel class action arbitration only where the parties expressly declare their intention to be bound by such actions in their arbitration agreement, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-4 decision. Lamps Plus, Inc. Read More

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

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

By Sherry L. Swieca, Samia M. Kirmani and Abraham N. Saiger