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Sami Asaad works closely with business leaders to develop practical solutions to the broad array of legal challenges employers face in managing a modern workplace. He also serves as Chair of the firm’s Home Healthcare Practice Group.

Sami provides proactive day-to-day counsel on a host of issues, ranging from familiar challenges, such as wage and hour compliance and sensitive personnel decisions, to emerging workplace concerns. These include remote/flexible work arrangements, arbitration agreements, mobile apps and employee privacy, alternative wage payment methods, state and local paid leaves, medical/recreational marijuana and drug testing, and accommodation of employees’ psychological disabilities and addictions. Sami's clients operate in a variety of industries including health care, staffing, technology, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, financial services, and retail.

As Chair of FordHarrison’s Home Healthcare Practice Group, Sami counsels home care agencies and provides innovative strategies on the unique issues agencies face, such as managing and compensating live-in aides. He has represented home care agencies in investigations by federal and state labor departments and has presented seminars and webinars to multiple home care franchise systems and industry groups, including the Home Care Association of America (HCAOA).

Sami also defends employers in lawsuits filed by employees in state and federal courts and in arbitration and represents employers in investigations by state and federal administrative agencies such as the EEOC and the U.S. Department of Labor. Sami has defended employers against claims of wrongful discharge, retaliation, discrimination, harassment, wage and hour violations, employee misclassification, breach of contract, and federal and state statutory violations.

Sami is an experienced speaker and trainer, having presented numerous seminars and webinars to managers and in-house counsel on emerging labor and employment issues, harassment prevention, wage and hour compliance, and HR best practices.

Representative Experience
  • Represented a large home care agency in an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor and negotiated a settlement that reduced the client’s exposure by over 75%.
  • Defended a national retailer in a putative class action asserted on behalf of thousands of hourly workers throughout the retailer’s New York stores and obtained a complete dismissal of the class claims on summary judgment.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a hospital system, dismissing an employee’s federal and state law claims of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and retaliation.
  • Secured, after full hearing, an arbitration award on behalf of a health care staffing agency for the full amount of its liquidated damages against a former employee, a foreign (H-1B) worker who breached her contract to fulfill a three-year term of employment. The agency had provided the employee with considerable educational and immigration-related services, resulting in her becoming a US-licensed physical therapist, but the employee sought to evade her contractual obligations by accusing the agency of violating federal anti-human-trafficking and anti-slavery laws. The arbitrator ruled in the agency’s favor on all such claims.
  • Obtained, after a full fact-finding conference, a “no reasonable cause” determination from a state human rights agency, resulting in the complete dismissal of race and national origin discrimination claims leveled against a behavioral health clinic and its owner.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a major New York health care system, dismissing Title VII and NYCHRL retaliation claims by a former doctor who alleged that the system prevented her from becoming hired by other hospitals.
Honors & Awards
  • "Connecticut Rising Stars," Super Lawyers magazine (2013-2019)
  • "Connecticut New Leader of the Law," Connecticut Law Tribune (2015)