Jesse Young

Jesse Young Kreis Enderle

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Education:

  • Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, J.D.
    • Cum Laude
    • Member of Law Review
  • Western Michigan University, B.A., Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Residential Builders License, State of Michigan No. 2101171400

Community Involvement:

  • Habitat for Humanity (Western Wayne County Affiliate)
    • President – 2018 to present
    • Board of Directors – 2012 to present
    • Volunteer of the Year – 2011

Assistant

Kazmira M. Herberger
(269) 321-2312
KHerberger@kehb.com

Bar Admissions:

  • Michigan
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court of Colorado

Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • American Association for Justice

Jesse Young is an employment litigation attorney.  As a member of Kreis Enderle’s Business and Employment Group, he represents individuals and businesses involved in serious employment disputes, including but not limited to issues of severance negotiations, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing activity, employment contracts, terminations, and compliance.

In addition, Jesse has appeared in hundreds of wage and hour lawsuits and arbitrations arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and similar state laws. In this regard, he represents businesses and individuals nationwide dealing with the payment of minimum wages and/or overtime, classification of employees, “off the clock” work, meal breaks, donning and doffing of protective work equipment, recordkeeping, and other issues peculiar to a wide variety of industries. He is a Contributing Author of the leading treatise on the FLSA, entitled “The Fair Labor Standards Act,” and is a recurring speaker on wage-and-hour topics at The Institute of Continuing Legal Education (Michigan), the American Association for Justice, and other national legal conferences.

Jesse has been appointed to leadership positions in dozens of complex class actions across the country.  In these positions, he has secured multi-million dollar recoveries on behalf of thousands of employees.

Jesse’s dynamic practice has taken him around the country to represent his clients.  He has briefed and argued cases in Michigan state courts, the Michigan Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and dozens of federal U.S. District Courts nationwide.  He has also attended several arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Notable Results

  • Summary disposition in favor of employer on claims of retaliation under the Michigan Worker’s Disability Compensation Act (WDCA).
  • Summary judgment in favor of employee on claims of unpaid wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
  • Summary judgment in favor of employee on claims of improper denials of insurance benefits and breach of fiduciary duty under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
  • $835,000 settlement on behalf of restaurant employees who alleged they were forced to perform non-tipped work at the tipped minimum wage and to share tips with ineligible employees.
  • $1.1 million settlement on behalf of at-home call center employees who alleged unpaid wages and overtime in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and numerous state wage laws.
  • $725,000 settlement on behalf of at-home call center employees who alleged unpaid wages and overtime in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and several state wage laws.
  • $6.25 million class settlement on behalf of “advice nurses” who were not properly paid wages and overtime for off-the-clock work in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • $6.55 million collective action settlement on behalf of exotic dancers working at “gentleman’s clubs” that misclassified them as independent contractors, forced them to pay “rent,” and failed to pay minimum wage.
  • $680,000 class action settlement involving restaurant employees who alleged they were forced to share tips with ineligible employees.
  • $3.0 million class action settlement involving restaurant employees who alleged they were not properly paid minimum wage and overtime.
  • $3.5 million class action settlement on behalf of home-based customer service agents who claimed their employer unlawfully withheld compensation in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • $7.5 million settlement in nationwide wage and hour collective action involving call center employees who were not paid for their pre-shift computer login and boot-up time.
  • $4.5 million settlement in nationwide wage and hour class action involving at-home call center employees who alleged they were not paid for time spent working “off-the-clock” while experiencing system downtime.
  • $1.1 million settlement in nationwide wage and hour class action involving at-home call center employees who alleged they were not paid for their pre-shift computer login and boot-up time and for time spent working “off-the-clock” while experiencing system downtime.
  • $1.075 million class action settlement for at-home customer service representatives who alleged that their employer failed to pay wages and overtime for “off the clock” work.
  • $1.4 million wage and hour collective action settlement involving call center employees who alleged they were not paid for their pre-shift computer login and boot-up time.
  • $1.6 million settlement in a collective action on behalf of hundreds of salaried recruiters who alleged they were not paid overtime after their employer misclassified them as exempt employees.
  • $11.3 million collective action settlement on behalf of exotic dancers working at Déjà Vu gentleman’s clubs in an action brought in Michigan under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for failure to pay minimum wage.
  • $3.6 million jury verdict against a city that discriminated against a property owner in violation of the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection clause.

Honors/Awards

  • Super Lawyers (Michigan) – 2020 to present
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars (Michigan) – 2012 to 2019
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Up & Coming Lawyers” – 2014

Seminars/Lectures

  • Speaker, “FLSA Update,” Annual Labor & Employment Law Institute, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Plymouth, MI (2016 to present)
  • Co-Presenter, “COVID-19 Liability Issues in the Workplace,” Michigan Small Business Development Center Webinar (2020)
  • Panelist, “Navigating Employee Compensation Issues,” Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Ann Arbor, MI (2019)
  • Panelist, “FLSA Developments,” Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Ann Arbor, MI (2017)
  • Panelist, “Who is the Employer and Who is an Employee? Recent Legal Developments Defining the Workforce in the Gig Economy,” State Bar of Michigan Labor and Employment Law Section Mid-Winter Meeting, Detroit, MI (2016)
  • Faculty and Speaker, “Defending a Deposition,” Deposition Skills Workshop, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Plymouth, MI (2015)
  • Speaker, “Proving an ‘Off the Clock’ Case Without Documentary Evidence,” Ohio Association for Justice Advanced Wage & Hour Seminar, Park City, UT (2014)
  • Speaker, “The Fair Labor Standards Act: Making New Client Intake a Success,” American Association for Justice Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA (2013)
  • Speaker, “An Overview of the Fair Labor Standards Act,” Great Lakes Mass Torts Institute, Detroit, MI (2013)
  • Speaker, “Taking Networking to New Heights,” Cooley Law School Mentor Jet Program, Auburn Hills, MI (2012)

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