Legal Experience

Hello, my name is Stephen Fiegel, and I have 30 years of experience practicing exclusively in the area of employment-labor law in California. Since opening my own law practice in 1994, I have represented both employees and small employers in wage and compensation claims before the California Labor Commissioner’s Office, claims for Unemployment Insurance, Disability Insurance, and Paid Family Leave benefits before the California Employment Development Department, as well as claims for equal pay, workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and whistleblowers.

Additionally, I have extensive experience representing public employees in their applications for Disability and Industrial Disability Retirement benefits with the California Public Employees Retirement System, the Sacramento County Employees’ Retirement System, the San Joaquin County Employees Retirement Association, and California teachers in their applications for Disability Retirement with the California State Teachers’ Retirement System.

I have prepared, reviewed, and revised employee handbooks; drafted employment, independent contractor, severance, and settlement agreements; and have handled grievance arbitrations, mediations, and contract (collective bargaining agreements) negotiations.

Education and Training

I received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University College, University of Maryland in 1985, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1989.

While attending law school, I clerked for the General Counsel at the National Labor Relations Board in San Francisco, the General Counsel at the Public Employment Relations Board in Sacramento, and two Sacramento law firms; one that represented employers in employment-related matters, and another that represented a the Teamsters union.

After graduating from law school, I worked for the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (“CCPOA”) handling adverse actions and other employment matters on behalf of California correctional officers.  After leaving CCPOA, I worked for a mid-size Sacramento law firm representing California peace officer associations and public and private employee unions in negotiating collective bargaining agreements and enforcing their provisions through grievances and arbitration.

Personal Life

I am married and the father of a 10 year old boy. I have been very active in my son’s life, including regularly volunteering at his school, in cub scouts, and youth sports. I am an active member of the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce, the Crocker Art Museum, the Powerhouse Science Center and the Effie Yeaw Nature Center.

I attended law school for the sole purpose of becoming an employment-labor law attorney, and have pursued my entire legal career helping employees and small business owners navigate through difficult times in the workplace. I created this website to help educate employees and employers of their employment rights. I hope the information contained herein helps both to understand and appreciate the other’s employment rights so that they can work more harmonious together for their mutual benefit.