COVID-19 Update

Johnson, Webbert & Young, LLP, is implementing a social distancing policy to slow the spread of COVID-19 based on the recommendations of the public health authorities. So, our offices are closed to walk-ins and all visitors unless approved in advance. All appointments and meetings will be conducted by phone or videoconference until further notice. Thank…

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Attorney Jeff Young Fights Forced Arbitration of Employment Disputes

Some of Maine’s top employers, including Bath Iron Works, St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston and MaineGeneral Health in Augusta, top a list of 250 businesses in the state that require their workers to settle claims of sexual harassment or discrimination outside of court through a private arbitrator. The use of “forced arbitration” — clauses in hiring contracts…

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Bad Behavior in State Workplace Costs Taxpayers Nearly $2M in Settlements

The settlement payments don’t come from traditional insurance; the state is self-insured for these cases. That means the cash comes directly from the state budget. David Webbert, an Augusta lawyer who specializes in employment cases – including representing state employees – doubts training alone would solve the problem. “No amount of civil rights training can…

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