Lara J. Peppard

Of Counsel Tampa

Lara Peppard advises and defends employers in labor and employment-related matters, including discrimination, retaliation, harassment, whistleblowing, reductions in force, and restrictive covenants.

Ms. Peppard regularly litigates a wide range of cases in federal and state courts in Florida and has defended a variety of lawsuits arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII, the Florida Civil Rights Act, the Florida Whistleblower Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, as well as other federal and state laws. She regularly handles class action and collective action cases involving wage and hour issues.

Additionally, Ms. Peppard frequently represents employers before governmental administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Florida Commission on Human Relations, the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Economic Opportunity.

After obtaining her degree in English and American Literature, Ms. Peppard lived for an extended time in Chiapas, Mexico, where she taught English and became fluent in Spanish. Upon her return to the United States, prior to attending law school, she successfully oversaw a local branch of a national test preparation company, where she gained practical human resources and management experience.


Experience

Ms. Peppard has successfully:

  • Defended a variety of national and local companies in state and federal court, before state and federal agencies, and in arbitration proceedings, against claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, whistleblowing, and violations of Title VII, the FMLA, the ADAAA, the Equal Pay Act, the ADEA, and related state laws.
  • Represented businesses in wage and hour investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Represented clients before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, resulting in the affirmation of summary judgment rulings.

Ms. Peppard has achieved favorable settlements on behalf of companies in single-plaintiff and class and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Florida Minimum Wage Act, and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act.

Additionally, Ms. Peppard regularly provides practical advice and counseling to human resources professionals, corporate counsel, and business owners regarding a variety of workplace issues including compliance with federal, state and local employment laws, employee hiring, discipline, and termination, and other matters.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Florida Bar Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers
  • Advisory Board of the Florida Kinship Center
  • The Tampa Connection
  • The Artemis Guild of the Alpha House of Tampa
  • Volunteer - Bay Area Legal Services

Speeches:

  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Comfort Dogs, Odor-Free Workplaces, and Talking Websites – The Expansion of “Reasonable'' - Tampa - November 04, 2016
  • University of West Florida Council of Counsels - ''The ABC’s of Website Accessibility Litigation'' - Pensacola - July 21, 2016
  • 79th Annual Florida Public Human Resources Association Conference - ''HR Jeopardy'' - Fort Lauderdale - August 2015
  • Star Hospitality Management Annual Board Leadership Seminar - ''Parking and ‘Pets’ -- Access Issues and Reasonable Accommodations under the Fair Housing Act and Title III of the ADA'' - Punta Gorda - January 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Working from Home as a Reasonable Accommodation under the ADAAA'' - Tampa - September 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''The Equal Pay Act Turns 50: How to Handle (or Prevent) an Unwanted Anniversary Gift'' - Tampa - October 2013

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December 31, 2014 - SHRM.org - "Hostile Environment Verdict for Female Firefighter Upheld"

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