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Samantha Abeysekera

666 Fifth Avenue
20th Floor
New York, NY 10103

Samantha Abeysekera handles a wide range of employment law issues, with a concentration on wage and hour matters including class and collective action litigation before federal and state courts and the Department of Labor, as well as advice and counseling regarding overtime pay, exempt status, the calculation of hours worked, and other issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hour laws. Samantha also litigates single- and multi-plaintiff employment discrimination, harassment, and restrictive covenant matters before federal and state courts, administrative agencies including the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and arbitrators. In addition, Samantha defends employment actions filed by registered representatives before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Samantha's clients include private employers in the financial services, market research, real estate, fashion, hospitality, and airline industries, as well as municipal entities.

Moreover, Samantha conducts management and employment training on equal employment, non-harassment, and wage and hour matters, and provides day-to-day advice and counseling to employers on workplace issues such as employment contracts, employee handbooks, hirings, terminations, reductions-in-force, leave management, disability and religious accommodation, and social media. Samantha also lectures on wage and hour, social media, and other employment law topics before organizations such as the Human Resources Association of New York and Association of Corporate Counsel.
Awards & Recognition
Super Lawyers Magazine 2014-2015, Listed in New York as a "Rising Star" for Employment Litigation: Defense
Published Works & Lectures
Akerman Twentieth Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "Dealing With The Problem Employee," September 2015
Akerman Nineteenth Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Co-Presenter, "Your FLSA Audit's Done, and We Need to Re-Classify – Now What?: Case Studies," April 2014
Akerman Labor & Employment Roundtable, Moderator, "Indefinite Leave, Definite Problems," January 2014
Akerman Labor & Employment Roundtable, Moderator, "To Arbitrate or Not to Arbitrate: That is the Question," November 2013
New York Law Journal, Author, "Masters or Servants?" (Analysis of mandatory retirement policies in the context of professional partnerships), May 2010
Related Professional Experience
Law Clerk to the Honorable Thomas P. Olivieri, Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, 2002-2003

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Samantha  Abeysekera

Labor & Employment
J.D., George Washington University Law School, 2002; with honors
B.A., Wesleyan University, 1997; with honors
Bar Admissions
New York
New Jersey
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