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Laura Reathaford is a Special Employment Law Counsel in the Labor & Employment Law Department of Proskauer's Los Angeles office. Laura's practice focuses on management-side employment litigation, with a particular emphasis on wage and hour collective and class actions, including representative actions under the Private Attorney General Act (“PAGA”).

Prior to joining Proskauer, Laura practiced in the Wage and Hour Practice Group at Seyfarth Shaw.

For the past five years Laura has served as an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, helping to educate business students on the impact the law has on everyday business and business management decisions.

Laura also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Justice Marshall Rothstein of the Federal Court of Canada (Trial and Appeal Divisions), who has since been appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Key Representations:

  • Windsor Healthcare in obtaining a denial of class certification of meal/rest period, wage statement and related PAGA claims
  • Swissport USA, Inc. in obtaining a denial of class certification of meal/rest and seating claims

  • Sol Healthcare in obtaining a denial of class certification of expense reimbursement claims

  • Ernst & Young in obtaining denial of national class action allegations at the pleading stage

  • Cox Communications in obtaining a defense verdict at trial by stipulated facts in San Diego Superior Court against a plaintiff who alleged that his employer unlawfully rounded his time entries to the nearest quarter hour and had improperly implemented an alternative workweek schedule
  • Bank of America, as first chair in a bench trial, receiving nonsuit on PAGA claims 
  • RSM McGladrey, Inc. in obtaining the dismissal of class claims in a misclassification case
  • Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, reaching a favorable settlement of a PAGA representative action
  • California State University, as second chair in a jury trial, receiving a defense verdict in a case alleging retaliation under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and the Police Officers’ Bill of Rights
  • CPS Protective Services in obtaining a string of favorable judgments in a hotly contested and procedurally complex wage and hour class action, which were affirmed by the Ninth Circuit.

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Plaintiffs Look to PAGA as Class Certification Gets Tougher