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Charles Joseph Stiegler

Charles Joseph Stiegler

Stiegler Law Firm LLC
  • Employment Law, Appeals & Appellate
  • California, Louisiana
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Hi - I'm Charlie Stiegler, a sixth-generation New Orleanian and a proud LSU Tiger.  I've spent years working for high-end law firms based in Silicon Valley and New York City, but my passion is - and always has been - South Louisiana and the people who live here. It is my job to help Louisiana workers and companies navigate the complexities and unexpected surprises of state and federal labor and employment law, so that they can get back to doing what they do best. My specialty involves claims of unpaid overtime, unpaid wages, and unpaid commissions. I also practice 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. I also practice appellate law, including writs and briefs to the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
9th Circuit
  • 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.
Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge
B.A. / English Literature; History (2003)
Honors: Summa cum laude
Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University
J.D. (2006)
Honors: Order of the Coif
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
American Bar Association
- Current
Louisiana State Bar Association # 33456
- Current
California State Bar # 245973
- Current
Speaking Engagements
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
31 Questions Answered

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. 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. 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. If my previous employer says that they mailed my final check and I don't receive it, who is responsible for the check?
A: If they sent to the wrong address, it is on them (unless you failed to update them of the correct address). If they mailed it to the correct address and it was just misdelivered, neither is responsible. Either way they should void that check and send you a new one.
Q. recently filed a EEO against my supervisor for harassment in the workplace.
A: You should report all this to the EEOC to ensure it is included in the charge. It would probably be a good idea to contact a local employment attorney for assistance in handling the EEOC process.
Q. I work for a security company that require me to answer the oncall phone , do they have to pay me an hourly rate
A: The company must pay you when you are actually on the phone, or dealing with whatever issue that you've been called about. They are not required to pay you for the time you are merely waiting to be called, *unless* there are significant restrictions placed on you during your on-call times -- for instance, if they say that when you are on call you must stay home at all times, and can't go shopping, out to eat, etc.
Q. What is considered a hostile work environment? I'm pregnant and my employer isn't happy.
A: Those two comments, alone, do not make for a hostile work environment. To be a hostile work environment, comments must be so extreme as to be beyond all normal bounds of dignity; or be continuous and ongoing over a period of time. These comments were rude, but not extreme. However, if similar comments continue - on and on - they may become a hostile work environment. Do not be afraid to reach out to HR. It is critical that you document these instances of harassment and give the company a chance to correct the issues. Your failure to contact HR could later be held against you, and could even bar a potential employment lawsuit were it to ever come to that.
Q. I have a contract with a company that no longer has work for me. Do they still have to fulfill the terms?
A: It is impossible to give an opinion on the enforceability of a contract without having read it. I believe it would be worth your time and money to contact a local attorney for assistance.
Q. My husband is a LLC owner from Iowa who was shut down last week by Dept. of Labor for no worker's comp, and will be fine
A: Contact a local attorney. You need legal assistance far beyond what can be provided in this simple Q&A format.
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318 Harrison Ave.
Suite 104
New Orleans, LA 70124
Telephone: (504) 267-0777
Fax: (504) 513-3084