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 to 2017, 2019 to 2020)
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2014)

Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Muslim Bar Association of New York
    • Secretary (Current)
    • Director (2019 to 2020)
    • Women's Co-Chair (2018 to 2019)
  • 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
NYC Earned Safe and Sick Time Amendments Effective September 30, 2020
By Fanny A. Ferdman, Saima Z. Sheikh
October 2, 2020
On September 28, 2020, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a bill (Intro. 2032-A (Cohen)) amending the New York City Earned Safe and Sick Time Act (ESSTA) to align it with the New York State Sick Leave Law (NYSSLL), which...
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Employment Law Spotlight
New York Passes Statewide Paid Sick Leave Law
By Fanny A. Ferdman, Saima Z. Sheikh
April 9, 2020
Just weeks after New York state implemented an Emergency COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Law, late last week, New York state passed a statewide paid sick leave (State PSL) law as part of its fiscal year 2020-2021 budget. The new law, which adds...
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Employment Law Spotlight
New York State Passes Statewide Paid Sick Leave Related to COVID-19
By Saima Z. Sheikh, Amy J. Traub
March 19, 2020
Last night, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York signed a bill into law that provides statewide paid sick leave related to the COVID-19 pandemic to employees in order “to address the immediate need of employees affected by COVID-19 who are...
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Employment Law Spotlight
New York State Bans Race Discrimination Based on Hair Texture and Hairstyles
By Saima Z. Sheikh
August 1, 2019
We previously reported that the NYC Commission on Human Rights issued legal enforcement guidance for employers regarding racial discrimination on the basis of hair under the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). Although that guidance...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Connecticut Passes Generous Paid Family and Medical Leave Law
By Saima Z. Sheikh
June 16, 2019
Joining a steadily growing national trend, the Connecticut Legislature recently passed a generous paid family and medical leave bill, which will make Connecticut the seventh state — in addition to California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New...
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