Saima Z. Sheikh

Associate

New York
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Overview

Saima Sheikh represents employers in a variety of employment law matters, focusing on wage and hour, discrimination and breach of contract litigation in various industries including hospitality, healthcare, financial services and retail. 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 existing and new federal, state and local employment laws and regulations. She negotiates, drafts and enforces employment agreements and restrictive covenants, including noncompetition and non-solicitation provisions. Saima is highly attentive to clients' business objectives and offers creative strategies and strong advocacy.

Select Experience

  • Representing large hospital system in connection with 19 discrimination cases filed against it pertaining to mandatory vaccine requirements.
  • Defending clients in a variety of industries in federal and state putative class action lawsuits alleging variety of wage and hour issues.
  • Successfully mediated and negotiated favorable settlements in a wide variety of single-plaintiff and class action cases involving various employment disputes.
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Experience

  • Representing large hospital system in connection with 19 discrimination cases filed against it pertaining to mandatory vaccine requirements.
  • Defending clients in a variety of industries in federal and state putative class action lawsuits alleging variety of wage and hour issues.
  • Successfully mediated and negotiated favorable settlements in a wide variety of single-plaintiff and class action cases involving various employment disputes.
  • Defeated application for injunctive relief on behalf of medical sales company on competitor’s customer solicitation allegations.
  • 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 (EEOC).
  • Part of trial team for a health plan provider in connection with a religious discrimination enforcement action brought by the EEOC on behalf of former employees.
  • 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.

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

In The Blogs

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Employment Law Spotlight
New York State (Finally) Passes Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act
By Saima Z. Sheikh
January 23, 2019
Last week, following 16 years of discussion and debate, the New York state legislature finally passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA). The act would amend the state New York Human Rights Law to prohibit discrimination...
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Employment Law Spotlight
New York Attorney General's Office Reaches Another Settlement Over Non-Competes
By Saima Z. Sheikh
September 25, 2018
Last week, the Office of the New York Attorney General (NYAG’s Office) reached a settlement with WeWork, a New York City-based company that provides shared “co-work” spaces nationwide and internationally – and, notably, is one of the...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Lessons Learned From the EEOC's First Parental Leave Lawsuit
By Saima Z. Sheikh
August 20, 2018
In the U.S., many employers’ parental-leave programs prioritize birth mothers and offer limited benefits to fathers, adoptive parents, foster parents and LGBT parents. In 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued...
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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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