Saima Z. Sheikh

Associate

New York
T +1.212.589.4243

Overview

Saima Sheikh represents employers in all industries with employment law matters, focusing on wage and hour, discrimination and breach of contract litigation in the hospitality, healthcare, financial services and retail industries. She negotiates, drafts and enforces employment agreements and restrictive covenants, including noncompetition and non-solicitation provisions. She regularly counsels management regarding day-to-day workplace issues (such as hiring, termination and disciplinary practices and personnel policies) as well as compliance with federal, state and local employment laws and regulations. Saima is highly attentive to clients' business objectives and she offers creative strategies and strong trial advocacy.

Saima is recognized by Super Lawyers as a New York Metro area "Rising Star."

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  • Secured dismissal of a wage and hour class and collective action in New York federal court on behalf of a national restaurant chain. 
  • Won a temporary restraining order (TRO) in New York federal court under the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, compelling a former employee of a tech company to return a stolen company laptop and other confidential information following his termination of employment.
  • Obtained no probable cause determinations on discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims before the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the New York State Division of Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
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Experience

  • Secured dismissal of a wage and hour class and collective action in New York federal court on behalf of a national restaurant chain. 
  • Won a temporary restraining order (TRO) in New York federal court under the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, compelling a former employee of a tech company to return a stolen company laptop and other confidential information following his termination of employment.
  • Obtained no probable cause determinations on discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims before the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the New York State Division of Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • Attained a TRO against a craft company and enjoined its sales of competing product based on its violation of a noncompetition agreement, a distributor agreement and unfair competition.
  • Achieved swift dismissal of a pregnancy discrimination claim following the presentation of argument and witnesses before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. 
  • Defeated a TRO application alleging violations of noncompetition and non-solicitation clauses by a modeling agent in federal court, and defeated the international modeling agency's demand for temporary and preliminary injunction on the former modeling agent's activities.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • New York Metro Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2016)
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2014)

Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Muslim Bar Association of New York: Women's Co-Chairperson
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • South Asian Bar Association of New York
  • Asian American Bar Association of New York

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 2017
  • Connecticut, 2011
  • New York, 2014
  • District of Columbia, 2015

Education

  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 2011; Senior Notes Editor, Public Contract Law Journal
  • B.A., Emory University, 2007

Languages

  • Hindi
  • Urdu

Blog

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Employment Law Spotlight
New York City Earned Safe and Sick Time Act Imposes Requirements That Must Be Implemented by June 4
By Saima Z. Sheikh
May 24, 2018
As we previously discussed in our earlier blog post, an amendment to the New York City Earned Sick Time Act went into effect on May 5. That amended act, renamed the New York City Earned Safe and Sick Time Act, implements two major changes...
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