Stephen Sommers has been practicing in the area of labor and employment law for over ten years. He focuses on representing employees who have been wronged in some way by their employers. He has represented hundreds of clients, from top executives to employees who clean the floors. Mr. Sommers also has successfully litigated several employment focused class action lawsuits. Most recently, Mr. Sommers and his associates settled a class action law suit for employees of a single IHOP franchise for $650,000.
Stephen Sommers currently represents employees in cases involving sexual harassment, disability discrimination, failure to properly pay employees, wrongful termination, family medical leave rights, pregnancy rights, retaliation, employment contracts and severance, and age discrimination.
Stephen Sommers also works with SEIU Local 1021 by being lead negotiator on the union's behalf for collective bargaining agreements with area municipalities.
Stephen Sommers has been twice selected by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star. Not coincidentally, each of Stephen Sommers' associates eligible has also been selected by Super Lawyers as Rising Stars.
Stephen Sommers has been actively engaged with the AIDS Legal Referal Panel for ten years. He has been selected for the Hero Award each of the ten years and was Attorney of the Year in 2008.
Before attending law school, Stephen Sommers worked as a union organizer for seven years, mainly in the rural southeastern United States. Stephen Sommers also was the Southwest Pennsylvania Director of Citizen Action, where he led campaigns to strengthen Pennsyvania's environmental laws.
Stephen Sommers was a Peace Corps volunteer in Chad, Africa. He was a water santiation volunteer in the village of Mao, which sits atop a sand dune in the Sahara desert.