Ms. Prather defends employers in individual and multi-plaintiff actions related to employment discrimination and harassment, wage and hour compliance, non-compete issues, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and whistleblower actions before federal and state courts, various government agencies, and arbitrators.
Ms. Prather regularly provides day-to-day advice, counseling, and training on labor and employment law compliance, including the development of employee policies and handbooks. She represents clients in a wide range of industries including financial services, healthcare and hospitality. Ms. Prather is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Labor and Employment Law.
Recent Litigation Experience
•Defeated class certification motion seeking to certify class of restaurant servers alleging failure to receive minimum wage under Florida law
•Represented restaurant in statewide class action brought by bartenders claiming improper tip deductions for uniforms and walkouts under the Fair Labor Standards Act
•Obtained dismissal of collective action claiming improper deductions and failure to pay minimum wage in a clause construction award in arbitration
•Represented large hospital in various claims by employees of discrimination based on gender, race, age, and disability
Pro Bono and Community Involvement
•Florida Autism Center for Excellence, Board of Directors
•Hillsborough County Teen Court Judge, Former
•Tampa Connection, Board of Directors (1997-1999)
Honors and Recognitions
•Florida Trend, Legal Elite Labor & Employment
•Legal Leaders and Martindale-Hubbell, Women Leaders in the Law (2015)
• Employee Privacy Laws: Florida, Practical Law (A Thomson Reuters Legal Solution) March 2015
Speeches and Presentations
•“To Pay or Not to Pay - Compensation for Interns, Apprentices, and Volunteers,” CareerSource Pinellas Business Seminar Series, May 2014
•“Employment Law Update,” Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, September 2012
In the News
August 15, 2018
Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2019
WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 200 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been named to the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive guide to legal...
August 15, 2017
Best Lawyers in America Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys in Its 2018 Edition
WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 193 attorneys, were recognized in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The Best Lawyers lists are...
December 14, 2016
The New York Times
Laura Prather Comments on Office Holiday Parties
Laura Prather comments on topics to be avoided at the office holiday party in How to Keep Your Office Holiday Party From Going Off the Rails published by The New York Times.Subscription may be required to view article
Professional Associations and Activities
•American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
•Federal Bar Association, Board of Directors (2008-2011)
•Florida State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
•Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers
•Hillsborough County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Co-Chair (2007-2009)
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