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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.

 

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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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October 15, 2019
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Scott Jang and Samia Kirmani Discuss Implications of a New California Law Banning Most Arbitration Agreements

October 15, 2019

Scott Jang and Samia Kirmani discuss California AB 51, a new law prohibiting mandatory arbitration agreements for sexual harassment and other claims in “New California Law Bans Mandatory Arbitration for Most Workplace Claims,” published by SHRM.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

August 15, 2019
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The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys

August 15, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 210 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been recognized in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive... Read More

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, Executive Compensation... Read More

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Pay the Piper – California Employers Pressed to Pay Arbitration Fees or Risk Harsh Consequences

October 18, 2019

California employers may face harsh consequences for failing to pay arbitration fees on time under a bill (Senate Bill 707) signed by Governor Gavin Newsom on October 13, 2019. The new law goes into effect on January 1, 2020. Under the new law, if an employer fails to pay fees required for the commencement or continuation of an... Read More

October 15, 2019

New California Law Attacks Mandatory Arbitration Again … But Is It More Bark Than Bite?

October 15, 2019

California has joined a number of states in passing legislation purporting to prohibit mandatory arbitration agreements for sexual harassment and other claims. Such laws have gained popularity in the wake of the #MeToo movement, but are subject to challenge under Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preemption principles. (See our articles... Read More

September 20, 2019

Bill to Nullify Mandatory Predispute Arbitration Agreements Passes in U.S. House

September 20, 2019

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the “Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act” (FAIR Act), which aims to nullify mandatory, predispute arbitration agreements and class-action waivers for employment, consumer protection, antitrust, and civil rights matters. The FAIR Act, H.R. 1423, passed 225-186 in the House on September... 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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Pay the Piper – California Employers Pressed to Pay Arbitration Fees or Risk Harsh Consequences
October 18, 2019

California employers may face harsh consequences for failing to pay arbitration fees on time under a bill (Senate Bill 707) signed by Governor Gavin Newsom on October 13, 2019. The new law go into effect on January 1, 2020. Under the new law, if an employer fails to pay fees required for the commencement or... Read More

New California Law Attacks Mandatory Arbitration Again … But Is It More Bark Than Bite?
October 15, 2019

California has joined a number of states in passing legislation purporting to prohibit mandatory arbitration agreements for sexual harassment and other claims. Such laws have gained popularity in the wake of the #MeToo movement, but are subject to challenge under Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preemption principles. Read More

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