Starnes Davis Florie

Breanna Harris Young

Partner

Breanna Harris Young

Breanna Harris Young

Partner

100 Brookwood Place
7th Floor
Birmingham, AL 35209

Breanna Young is a partner at Starnes Davis Florie and serves on the firm’s recruiting committee.  Breanna’s practice is focused primarily in the areas of labor and employment law.  She also practices in the field of government and public litigation.  Breanna regularly deals with Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, and state non-competition laws.  She represents both public and private employers in all types of labor and employment litigation in state and federal court and before administrative agencies. In addition to her litigation experience, Breanna routinely advises employers in making employment decisions and developing policies that reduce the risk of being sued by employees.

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized as a “leading individual” in the field of Labor and Employment by the 2017 edition of Chambers USA
  • Named a Rising Star for the state of Alabama by the 2016-2017 editions of Mid-South Lawyers magazine
  • Elected to the Order of the Coif

Highlights

  • Obtained Favorable 11th Circuit Decision in a Case Alleging Violations of the Rehabilitation Act and the FLSA.
  • Terri Lynn Cruce Corder v. City of Bessemer – Obtained summary judgment in favor of a municipality against a former employee’s claim that the City discriminated against her based on her race, sex, and disability and in retaliation for previous complaints when it terminated her employment.
  • Jesse Hunt v. Altec Industries, Inc. – Obtained summary judgment for a manufacturer on a former employee’s claim that the company interfered with this FMLA rights and retaliated against him when it terminated him for violation of the company’s attendance policy.
  • Eric Mitchell v. Evergreen Transport, LLC – Obtained a jury verdict for a trucking company against a former truck driver’s claim that the company fired him because of his race and in retaliation for his complaints about his coworkers’ racial slurs.
  • Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc. and Hibbett Teams Sales, Inc. v. Steve Bridges – Enforced an employer’s non-compete agreement with a former employee by obtaining a jury verdict awarding the employer lost profits and rejecting the employee’s claim of interference with his new employment.
  • Paul Boyle v. City of Pell City – Obtained summary judgment in favor of a municipality against a former employee’s claim that the City failed to accommodate his disability and terminated him because of his disability in violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a district manager of a national retail pharmacy chain on a claim on intentional interference with business relations brought by a former employee.
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Presentations and Publications

  • Is Your Employee Handbook a Defense or a Trigger to Legal Liability? 2016 Alabama Nursing Home Association Legal Compliance Seminar, Birmingham, Alabama (February 15, 2016)
  • Every Day Decisions That May Affect the Outcome of Litigation, Labor & Employment Disputes, and Surveys, 2015 Alabama Nursing Home Association Mid-Year Convention, Orange Beach, Alabama (April 2015)
  • How to Avoid Becoming the Plaintiff’s Star Witness: Understanding the Defense of Employment Claims, presented to Supervisors and Human Resources Managers (April 2014)
  • The Art of Internal Investigations: What to do When an Employee Complains of Discrimination, presented to Supervisors & Human Resources Managers (April 2014)
  • Wipeout: If It’s Not Documented, It Didn’t Happen!, presented to Supervisors and Human Resources Managers, Pensacola, Florida (August 2014)
  • Garnishments, Levies, and Salary Deductions, presented at the Birmingham Payroll Association’s statewide seminar (October 2014)
  • “South Dakota Employment Law,” Chapter of Employment At Will: A State-by-State Survey, publication of the American Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section, pages 1013-1033 (2011) and supplements (2012-2016).
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