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

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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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Employment Law Spotlight
Bank settles $5 million parental leave discrimination lawsuit
By Saima Z. Sheikh
June 10, 2019
In a follow-up to our August 2018 blog post regarding a $1.1 million class settlement of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) first parental leave lawsuit against a large cosmetics company, a large financial institution has...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Connecticut to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour
By Saima Z. Sheikh
June 4, 2019
On May 28, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed Public Act No. 19-4, entitled “An Act Increasing the Minimum Fair Wage,” that will raise the Connecticut minimum wage to $15.00 per hour in 2023, which is more than double the current...
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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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