Jeffrey Neil Young is a graduate of Brown University and Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He represents employees and unions in employment disputes, concentrating on age, sex, race and disability discrimination cases as well as claims for unpaid wages and family or medical leave violations. Jeff is one of the few Maine lawyers named as a Super Lawyer for Plaintiffs – Employment Discrimination. He has been recognized by his peers in Best Lawyers in America (Employment Law – Individuals), Who’s Who, and Chambers USA. He is one of only two elected Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in Maine representing employees (David Webbert is the other), the highest recognition by colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the field of labor and employment law.
Jeff has handled many important precedent-setting civil rights cases both in Maine and around the country. The decision in Syverson v. IBM in the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals broke new ground with respect to the validity of releases of age discrimination claims. Back here in Maine, Farrington v BIW established the right of employees to be free from harassment on the basis of disability. Romano v U-Haul set the standard for when a parent company can be liable for the actions of its subsidiary. And, Van Meter v. Harvey required Maine to allow individuals with cerebral palsy and other disabilities to move out of nursing homes into community-based housing. Most recently, Scamman v. Shaw’s established that Maine employees have an easier burden of proof than under federal law in age discrimination cases. Verdicts in Harding v. Cianbro and Romano v. U-Haul are two of the largest awards for disability and sex discrimination in Maine.
In 2012 Jeff received the first Equal Justice Hero Award from the Maine Equal Justice Partners and in 2007 he was named the Disability Rights Center’s Lawyer of the Year. He has served as co-chair of the Maine State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section. He has also been a chapter editor for BNA’s Employment Discrimination Law treatise. He is a frequent speaker at national and local conferences on employment and labor-related topics, most recently in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Jeff has devoted considerable time serving on boards in the public interest. He currently is a board member of the Friends of the Maine Statue Museum. He was a founding member of the Cromwell Center for Disabilities, which is devoted to the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of Maine life. Jeff also served for many years as a board member of Disability Rights Maine and the Maine Workers Center.
Before law school, he was a union organizer for the Service Employees International Union.