Services of Thomas Wade Young

  • Trials and Appeals:

    • Board Certified Appellate Attorney
    • Experienced Trial Lawyer
    • Trial and Appellate Support
    • Attorney Disciplinary Proceedings
    • Local Counsel

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  • Employment Law:

    • Employer and Employee Rights
    • Employment Discrimination
    • Retaliation
    • Whistle-blower
    • Workplace Investigations
  • Business Law:

    • Contracts
    • Contract Disputes
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Shareholder Disputes
    • Buying and Selling
    • Succession Planning

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Employment Law

Businesses rely on employees to sustain competitiveness and profitability, and full-time employees spend more than one-third of every work day getting ready for work, traveling to and from work, and working. For these reasons, a healthy employer-employee relationship is symbiotic, each side benefitting from what the other provides. Similarly, a broken employer-employee relationship harms both parties. An employer may witness a reduction in productivity or profitability and may lose key employees, while an employee may suffer adverse employment action such as termination, demotion, reduction in pay, denial of promotion, and so on. Both the employer’s and the employee’s interests are served by proactively preventing, addressing, and eliminating activities that are prohibited by law, such as:

  • Violating laws, rule, or regulations
  • Discriminating on the basis of race
  • Discriminating on the basis of national origin
  • Discriminating on the basis of sex
  • Discriminating on the basis of religion
  • Discriminating on the basis of disability (or perceived disability)
  • Discriminating on the basis of age
  • Failing to pay employees for every hour worked
  • Failing to pay nonexempt employees overtime pay for hours worked in excess of 40 per week
  • Misclassifying employees
  • Failing to report fraud
  • Failing to report embezzlement
  • Violating safety rules
  • Retaliation against employees for exercising rights protected by employment laws.
Employment Law

Because litigation of employment law cases can cost employers a great deal of money in terms of lost production and the costs of litigation, employers have an interest in proactively surveying the workplace and stamping out illegal activity that harms employees and undermines profitability. In this regard, Thomas Wade Young can assist employers by reviewing and drafting employment policies, preparing or presenting training materials, and conducting workplace investigations. Employees similarly have an interest in resolving claims involving illegal employment activities. Most people need to work and want to work in a conflict-free environment. Also, employees who claim that an employer has violated an employment law must show more than that they were treated unfairly. For example, one federal jury instruction tells jurors:

....So far as you are concerned in this case, an employer may discharge an employee for any other reason, good or bad, fair or unfair, and you must not second guess that decision or permit any sympathy for the employee to lead you to substitute your own judgment for that of the Defendant even though you personally may not favor the action taken and would have acted differently under the circumstances....

Thomas Wade Young has represented both employers and employees, and he understands the needs and concerns unique to both sides. As a trial attorney and specialist in appeals and appellate practice, Thomas Wade Young relies on a practical approach grounded in experience when representing employment law clients in litigation, whether it be in trial, mediation, arbitration, or some other means of alternative dispute resolution.

Admitted: Florida, Kansas, New Mexico (inactive)