Laura Reathaford focuses her practice on management-side employment litigation, with an emphasis on wage and hour collective and class actions, including representative actions under the Private Attorney General Act (“PAGA”). She represents the management of public and private businesses in the banking, healthcare, telecommunications, and grocery retailer industries, both in California and nationwide.
Laura has litigated a variety of employment disputes, including claims for wrongful termination, sexual harassment, unpaid wages, discrimination, and representing management against union grievances. She is also an experienced trial attorney having received favorable judgments in FLSA and PAGA actions as well as in single plaintiff retaliation matters.
In addition to defending employers in high-stakes litigation matters, Laura regularly advises clients on employment issues, including terminating employees, drafting employee handbooks, and complying with California and federal wage and hour laws, as well as leave and disability rules.
Laura is a prolific author on labor and employment matters and is frequently published in leading legal publications, notably including her feature article, PAGA Performance, in the Los Angeles Lawyer (July 2016). While earning her J.D., Laura was a member of Dalhousie University’s Law Review. She also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Justice Marshall Rothstein, Federal Court of Canada, Trial and Appeal Division.