Edward R. Young is a shareholder in the Memphis office of Baker Donelson, where he is engaged in a unique nationwide practice limited exclusively to the representation of management in all phases of labor relations and employment law. He began his practice with Newell Fowler, who was known as one of the first labor relations attorneys in the nation. For more than thirty years he has assisted clients in labor and employment litigation in state and federal courts in issues dealing with the EEOC and NLRB. He has litigated in federal courts opposite the EEOC, tried cases before the NLRB, as well as handled union elections before that agency. He has also defended matters before the U.S. Department of Labor. He has assisted clients in conducting self audits, and audits of subcontractors to assure compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act, The Davis-Bacon Act and The Service Contract Act.
Mr. Young was previously appointed by both the City of Memphis Mayor and the Shelby County Mayor to serve as a special attorney for those bodies handling labor relations matters dealing with the Fire Department, Police and Sheriff's Department and the Hospital Authority.
The cornerstone of his philosophy and practice is the belief that in labor relations matters, it is not sufficient merely to advise clients as to what they cannot do. What is essential is the ability to furnish clients with an affirmative "game plan," and then to provide the methodical and detailed planning that will ensure its success. He believes that excellence can be achieved only through a combination of skill, innovation, and consistency.
EEOC v.Peoplemark Federal District Court Western District MI — EEOC brought a class action lawsuit claiming the company had a blanket policy of not hiring convicted felons, thus having a disparate impact on African- Americans.
After being sanctioned several times the EEOC agreed to dismiss the case with prejudice and has agreed to pay legal fees and costs to the company.