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 Board of Directors – 2012 to present
  • Habitat for Humanity – 2011 Volunteer of the Year

Assistant

Kazmira M. Ruhland
(269) 321-2312
KRuhland@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 also has extensive experience with – and is probably best known for – handling wage and hour disputes arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and similar state laws. In this regard, he has represented 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 work equipment, recordkeeping, and other issues peculiar to a wide variety of industries.

Jesse has been appointed to leadership positions in dozens of complex class action litigation matters across the country.  In these positions, he has helped secure multi-million dollar recoveries in class actions involving thousands of plaintiffs.

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.

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).
  • $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 a Déjà Vu 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 their pre-shift computer login and boot-up time and 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 a 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 Equal Protection lawsuit: Jesse Young assisted Andrew Kochanowski in obtaining a jury verdict against a city that discriminated against a property owner in violation of the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection clause.

Honors/Awards

  • The American Society of Legal Advocates – Top 40 Under 40 Labor & Employment Lawyers – 2018
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Up & Coming Lawyers” – 2014
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars (Michigan) – 2012 to present

Seminars/Lectures

  • Speaker, 2018 FLSA Update, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 43rd Annual Labor & Employment Law Institute Seminar, Plymouth, MI
  • Panelist, 2017 FLSA Developments, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Speaker, 2017 FLSA Update, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 42nd Annual Labor & Employment Law Institute Seminar, Plymouth, MI
  • 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, 2016 Mid-Winter Meeting, Detroit, MI
  • Faculty and Speaker, “Defending a Deposition,” 2015 Deposition Skills Workshop, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Plymouth, MI
  • Moderator, 2014 FLSA Update, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Speaker, 2014 Ohio Association for Justice Advanced Wage and Hour Seminar, Proving an “Off the Clock” Case Without Documentary Evidence, Park City, UT
  • Speaker, 2013 American Association for Justice Annual Convention, The Fair Labor Standards Act: Making New Client Intake a Success, San Francisco, CA
  • Speaker, 2013 Great Lakes Mass Torts Institute, An Overview of the Fair Labor Standards Act, Detroit, MI
  • Speaker, 2012 Mentor Jet: Taking Networking to New Heights, Cooley Law School program, Auburn Hills, MI

Publications

 

Jesse Young Kreis Enderle