Jesse Young is a member of Sommers Schwartz's Complex Litigation Group, wherein he manages the day-to-day operations of the firm's national Wage & Hour practice.
Jesse's practice primarily focuses on the litigation of collective and individual wage and hour claims arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and similar state laws. Specifically, he represents individuals who have experienced wage theft by their employer, including but not limited to the non-payment of minimum wages and/or overtime, misclassification 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.
While Jesse's practice now focuses primarily on federal and state wage and hour claims, he also has employment law experience representing employees in need of help with severance negotiations, discrimination, and retaliation. Additionally, Jesse has experience representing persons and businesses experiencing contractual disputes and/or business torts.
Jesse has briefed and argued cases in Michigan state courts, the Michigan Court of Appeals, numerous U.S. District Courts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
- Western Michigan University - Cooley Law School, Juris Doctor, Lansing, Michigan
- Cum Laude
- Member of Law Review
- Western Michigan University, Bachelor of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan
- Residential Builders License, State of Michigan No. 2101171400
- 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
- Pro hac vice admissions in various U.S. state and federal district courts
Areas of Practice
- Serbay v. DialogDirect, Inc. (Class Counsel)
- Armstrong v. Concentrix Corporation (Class Counsel)
- Brown v. Permanente Medical Group, Inc. (Class Counsel)
- Wengerd et. al. v. Self-Reliance, Inc. (Class Counsel)
- Lee v. Asurion Insurance Services et al. (Class Counsel)
- Downard v. Reno’, Inc. et al. (Class Counsel)
- Gaffers v. Kelly Services, Inc. (Class Counsel)
- Bourne v. Ansara Restaurant Group et al. (Class Counsel)
- Rangel v. Compliance Staffing Agency, LLC et al. (Class Counsel)
- Padan v. West Corporation (Class Counsel)
- Kie v. iVox Solutions (Class Counsel)
- Alderoty v. Maxim Healthcare Services (Class Counsel)
- Atkinson v. TeleTech, LLC (Class Counsel)
- Tarrant v. Sutherland Global Services (Class Counsel)
- Wright v. Jacob Transportation Services, LLC et al. (Class Counsel)
- Wilson v. Maxim Healthcare Services (Class Counsel)
- Cardoza v. Bloomin’ Brands Inc. et al. (Class Counsel)
- Matthews v. Convergys Corp. et al. (Class Counsel)
- Ingram v. Passmore Towing & Recovery (Class Counsel)
- Terry v. TMX Finance LLC et al. (Class Counsel)
- Lawrence v. Maxim Healthcare Services (Class Counsel)
- Stelmachers v. Maxim Healthcare Services (Class Counsel)
- Williams vs. Sykes Enterprises, Inc. (Class Counsel)
- Flores vs. Velocity Express, Inc. (Class Counsel)
- $680,000 class action settlement involving restaurant employees who alleged they were forced to tip-out to ineligible employees and also cheated out of minimum wage
$3.0 million class action settlement involving restaurant employees who alleged they were cheated out of minimum wage and overtime pay
- $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's wage and hour provisions.
- $7.5 million settlement in nationwide wage and hour collective action involving more than 12,000 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 more than 20,000 at-home call center employees who 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 more than 1,000 at-home call center employees who 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.
- $940,000 settlement wage and hour collective action settlement in a nationwide lawsuit against Sykes Enterprises, Inc. by approximately 4,000 call center employees who were not paid for their pre-shift computer login and boot-up time.
- $1.4 million wage and hour collective action settlement involving call center employees. Alleged violations included logging into and out of software programs which resulted in unpaid overtime compensation.
- $3.5 million settlement on behalf of home-based customer service agents employed
- $1.6 million settlement in a collective action brought in Georgia on behalf of hundreds of salaried recruiters who 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 club 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.
- $360,000 collective action settlement on behalf of call center employees who were not paid for time spent logging into and out of software programs before and after their scheduled shifts.
- $300,000 collective action settlement on behalf of Michigan property management employees who were unlawfully forced to take compensatory time off work in lieu of overtime pay, forced to work “off the clock” without pay, and docked pay for allegedly failing to punch in and out correctly.
- State Bar of Michigan
- American Bar Association
- American Association for Justice
- Michigan Association for Justice
- Federal Bar Association
- Oakland County Bar Association
I had never been involved in any type of legal action before, and was in a difficult and delicate situation with an employer. Jesse was extremely accommodating, obviously very informed in his craft, and reassuring to work with. He listened to my situation, asked the right probing questions to quickly get to the core issues. After discussion, he suggested a fair and viable way forward, and was able to drive the situation to an agreeable out of court settlement. Throughout the entire process he consistently projected competence, integrity and professionalism and subsequently backed it up with a resolution to a complex and involved legal situation. Jesse is a credit to the company Sommers PC, and the industry at large. Since then, I have highly recommended him to associates in my business.
The client, the former Chief Financial Officer of a large automotive supplier, was wrongfully discharged after he "blew the whistle" on his employer for entering into a fraudulent loan transaction with another supplier. The firm filed suit on his behalf and the complaint alleged that the loan violated statutory lending laws. After extensive discovery, the case was successfully resolved at mediation. The client later commented on the services of his attorneys, Dan Swanson and Jesse Young:
I was very happy with the service you, Jesse and the firm provided. You guys handled yourself in a very professional manner and were true advocates for me during this entire process. I am sure you know better than I, but you guys are not only attorneys but also psychologists. You talked me in off the ledge at various times throughout the process when I had to hear first hand and see in writing the ludicrous statements made by the defendant. You, Jesse and your firm will always be in my good graces and I will certainly refer anyone that needs your help, not only in employment matters, but also other specialties.
The client, the former Chief Executive Officer of an company which provided employee vision insurance and operated retail stores offering eyewear and related services, was fired after she was falsely accused of embezzling company funds. At the time of her firing, she was on an FMLA medical leave. The firm filed suit on the client's behalf and engaged in extensive discovery. The disputed was subsequently resolved at a mediation hearing. Client later commented on the services of her attorneys, Dan Swanson and Jesse Young:
I felt your service was great; Jesse did a wonderful job and followed through with all my requests. I was very satisfied with Sommers Schwartz and will always remember you when a friend needs legal help. Thanks for a good job it could not have successful without you both.
The client, a long time public high school principal, was falsely accused of inappropriate conduct relative to school financial matters. After being placed on administrative leave, she was subsequently forced to resign her employment. She retained the firm to address issues regarding outstanding contractual and compensation issues. After an administrative hearing the matter was successfully resolved and the client commented on the services of her attorneys, Dan Swanson and Jesse Young:
You and your entire staff were very professional and sincere in your handling and solving of my issues. You were committed to customer satisfaction and it showed through your leadership. Your insightfulness, experience and performance, provided me with much support and confidence. Thank you!
The client, the former Director of Quality Assurance for a major international bank, was wrongfully retaliated against after he cooperated with an investigation by the Department of Justice concerning the bank's fraudulent mortgage loan activities. After he complained about his employer's illegal activities, the Department of Justice launched an investigation and sought to take his deposition. In retaliation for the client's complaints, the bank placed him on indefinite administrative leave and informed him that he could not return to his position as its Director of Quality Assurance. Sommers Schwartz stepped in to advise the bank of its illegal retaliatory actions and subsequently negotiated a favorable severance package on the client's behalf. The client later commented on the services of his attorneys, Dan Swanson and Jesse Young:
I believe that you and Jesse were very professional. More important, you were patient with respect to my lack of experience in this situation. You took time to explain why one path was better than another. You listened carefully and offered sound advice and counsel. I will always appreciate your professional and measured approach. You recommended a path that led to a speedy settlement. I did not have to spend a long period of time in litigation with no guarantee of success.
- Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Up & Coming Lawyers” – 2014
- Super Lawyers Rising Stars (Michigan) – 2012 to present
- Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors – 2012 to present
- Habitat for Humanity – 2011 Volunteer of the Year
- “A Classification Crackdown,” Michigan Lawyers Weekly, August 24, 2015 (featured in article discussing misclassification of employees as independent contractors)
- “Intern Affairs: Firms Need to Be on Guard for Pay, Harassment Issues,” Michigan Lawyers Weekly, November 10, 2014 (featured in article discussing protection of interns under state employment laws)
- “Do What Your Employer Asks; Just Don’t Expect to Get Paid: The Supreme Court Decides Integrity Staffing v. Busk” Labor & Employment Lawnotes, State Bar of Michigan Labor & Employment Section (Winter 2015)
- 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 Seminar, An Overview of the Fair Labor Standards Act, Detroit, MI
- Speaker, 2012 MentorJet: Taking Networking to New Heights, joint Cooley Law School/Association of Women Judges program, Auburn Hills, MI