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Charles Joseph Stiegler

Charles Joseph Stiegler

Stiegler Law Firm LLC
  • Employment Law, Appeals & Appellate
  • California, Louisiana
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Charles Stiegler is an experienced labor and employment attorney who has fought cases involving allegations of discrimination, retaliation, and unpaid wages in state and federal courts throughout the country.  After graduating with honors from LSU law school, Mr. Stiegler worked for high-end law firms based in Silicon Valley and New York City before starting his own practice here in New Orleans, Louisiana.

He specializes his practice in claims of unpaid overtime, unpaid wages, and unpaid commissions, but also practices in all other aspects of employment law including non-compete agreements, trade secret claims, False Claims Act lawsuits, and claims involving workplace discrimination or harassment. Mr. Stiegler is a former clerk to the Hon. Jeanette Theriot Knoll (ret.) of the Louisiana Supreme Court, and also practices appellate law including writs and briefs to the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Mr. Stiegler is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in the states of Louisiana and California, and has appeared pro hac vice in courts in New York, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, and Ohio.

Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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9th Circuit
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Proskauer Rose
Attorney in nation's leading Labor & Employment Department, with particular emphasis in complex Class & Collective Action practice
Law Clerk
Louisiana Supreme Court
Law Clerk for Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Jeannette Theriot Knoll
Gorman & Miller, P.C.
Attorney for AV-rated law firm in Silicon Valley, with an emphasis in business disputes and franchisor/franchisee relations.
Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University
J.D. (2006)
Honors: Order of the Coif
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Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge
B.A. (2003) | English Literature; History
Honors: Summa cum laude
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Rising Star - Labor and Employment
Super Lawyers
Rising Star - Labor and Employment
Super Lawyers
Golden Gavel
Proskauer Rose
Rising Star - Labor and Employment
Super Lawyers
Professional Associations
Federal Bar Association
- Current
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American Bar Association
- Current
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Louisiana State Bar Association # 33456
- Current
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California State Bar # 245973
- Current
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Speaking Engagements
Human Resources Law: What You Need to Know Now, Baton Rouge, LA
National Business Institute
DOL’s Final Overtime Exemption Rule, BLR Hot Topic Master Class, New Orleans, LA
Human Resources Issues, Local Government Law - What Attorneys Need to Know, New Orleans, LA
National Business Institute
Handling Email, Social Media And Other Electronically Stored Information, The Rules of Evidence: A Practical Toolkit, New Orleans, LA
National Business Institute
Websites & Blogs
Stiegler Law Firm Website
Legal Answers
39 Questions Answered

Q. I’m not getting paid (in La.) due to the govt shutdown, yet I’m being asked to do some work without pay. Is that legal?
A: Generally, it is not legal for a company to require you to work without pay. There are some unique aspects to this rule given the government shutdown; however, even the government is required to pay people on time, and the shutdown does not excuse them from lawsuits for unpaid wages. I would need to know more details about the specifics of your claim to give a clear answer. I would suggest contacting a local employment attorney to discuss.
Q. I have a co worker that is taking our company to court for not paying overtime and wonder if I'm able to jump in on it
A: That depends. Some unpaid overtime lawsuits are filed as "collective actions," which means that other co-workers can ask the court to join the suit. Other lawsuits are filed just on behalf of one individual. I would need to know more about your co-worker's lawsuit to answer this question.
Q. If someone works in a retail gas station & works 56 hrs a week & doesn't get paid overtime. Is that illegal?
A: In most cases, yes, unless the individual is a genuine supervisory employee who is paid at least $455 a week, guaranteed, and has a primary duty of supervising others rather than performing manual work. You should speak to a local employment attorney about your options.
Q. I had to sign an agreement not to discuss my salary with other employees. Was that legal?
A: This is not legal. The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) states that employees have the right to gather together to discuss the terms and conditions of employment - this includes discussing their wages and salaries. For more information, read my blog post here. The other lawyer who answered this question does not appear to be American, and his answer is flatly incorrect under American law.
Q. my employer makes me do odd jobs such as moving furniture at the vp's house. Is this legal?
A: As long as you are getting paid for the time, it is legal. If it becomes a regular occurrence you should probably have a serious talk with your boss, but there's no law saying that you can't be asked to do work outside your job description.
Q. Does a Louisiana Corp (Employer) have to respond to employee seeking verification of past employment.
A: No. Unless you signed a severance agreement or other contract with the company, and they agreed to provide you with a reference, there is no requirement that a former employer provide verification of past employment.
Q. If I sign a employment agreement in which I'm to receive 30% of my annual salary as a bonus each year plus an addition %
A: Thanks for the question. It's not clear what you mean by "reconstruction in court," but if you are referring to a bankruptcy restructuring, the answer is that companies undergoing bankruptcy may have the right to rescind or reject contracts that were entered into before the bankruptcy. This is a highly fact-specific question, and cannot be answered without more precise details regarding the contract and the company's legal status. Charles
Q. Is is legal to have a job candidate pay for their own drug screening and be reimbursed if hired in the state of LA
A: Generally no. The only exception is the costs may be withheld from the last paycheck if the employee quits within the first 90 days of work, and there is a prior written agreement to that effect.
Q. Is it legal for a employer to cut pay even though I sign a contract that states I get paid a certain amount salary ?
A: This depends on the specific terms of your contract. It is impossible to give legal advice on a contract without reading it first, so you should contact a local employment attorney to discuss.
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New Orleans, LA 70124
Telephone: (504) 267-0777
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