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Laura P. Worsinger Senior Counsel

Areas of Practice

Industries

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Education

University of California, Los Angeles, J.D.

  • Law Review

Laura Worsinger is Senior Counsel to Dykema and has more than three decades of counseling and litigation experience. She specializes in two highly regulated areas of the law: employment and trade regulation.

Employment

Ms. Worsinger is a specialist at matters involving the employer-employee relationship including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, minimum wage and overtime, representing clients before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, such as the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California EDD and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

Her expertise and uncommon knowledge of wage and hour law has enabled her to develop and implement policies for clients that are compliant with diverse federal and state requirements. This includes numerous regulations, including the eight hour day, employee classification, meal and rest periods premiums, the California Wage Orders, the Private Attorney General Act ("PAGA"), "Waiting Time" penalties and Itemized Earnings Statement requirements under the Labor Code.

Ms. Worsinger heads up a Dykema litigation team that succeeded in defeating class certification in a number of wage and hour class actions brought against national apparel manufacturers and retailers, food processors and restaurant chains. She has also defended dozens of discrimination and harassment claims, most of which she was able to resolve at minimal cost to her clients.

Creativity and common sense are of utmost importance to Ms. Worsinger. Taking an aggressive proactive stance, Ms. Worsinger has developed innovative policies and procedures aimed at ensuring compliance with the myriad of federal and state rules and regulations, enabling clients to do business anywhere in the U.S. including California:

  • Her program, "It's Fit that Counts," has helped clients properly classify workers, avoid expensive claims, defeat class actions and prosper in highly regulated states.
  • She has developed preventative policies to avoid WARN Act claims for clients dealing with downsizing and layoffs.
  • California mandates that employers with 50 or more employees anywhere in the US provide Sexual Harassment Prevention Training. Ms. Worsinger has created a state of the art interactive program that assists supervisors in preventing and responding to sexual and other forms of harassment and provides mechanisms to implement and promptly address and correct wrongful behavior.
  • California laws place strict limitations on employers' ability to control employee competition. She has designed unique non-compete, non-solicitation, non-disclosure and arbitration agreements that have withstood challenge in California courts and provided significant protection for employers.
  • An expert on the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Ms. Worsinger counsels employers on credit and criminal reports and on employee investigations and reference checks.

Trade Regulation

As a former official with the Federal Trade Commission, she advises clients on diverse trade regulation issues, including unfair and deceptive advertising, contests and sweepstakes, product pricing and labeling, telemarketing, internet and direct sales, and privacy. Ms. Worsinger also deals with design and website requirements for accessibility under the ADA along with the corresponding regulations for accommodation of service animals.

She has considerable experience defending unfair trade practice claims under Federal law and California's onerous consumer protection and environmental laws, including the Song Beverly Credit Card Act and Proposition 65. Her experience in aggressively dealing with regulatory agencies and private attorneys general has resulted in excellent outcomes for manufacturers and retailers.

As a member of the Executive Board of the California Fashion Association, she consults with the apparel industry and lobbies on critical trade and employment bills.

Memberships & Involvement

  • California Fashion Association, Lecturer and Executive Board Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Retail Crime Committee
  • Past President Board of Governors, Braemar Country Club

Recipient of an AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell