Richard T. Seymour

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Helping people get justice seems to me a pretty worthwhile line of work. While my practice has mainly involved representing employees, that includes telling them that their employer did not commit any legal wrong, and it was entitled to do what it did. i have sometimes advised or represented employers, as well as persons unjustly accused of harassment. I often help law firms with problems in their cases.

I focus on civil rights, employment rights, and other civil litigation. If you’re interested in these topics, this web site is for you.

There were no lawyers in my family. I decided to go to law school because I was inspired by the freedom riders and lunch-counter demonstrators of the early 1960s, who were beaten and jailed just for sitting on the wrong side of the racially segregated color line. It reminded me of my mother’s telling me the difficulties she had getting a job because she was a woman. And it reminded me of my grandmother’s tales of looking for work as a young woman and seeing employer after employer with signs in their windows, saying “No Irish need apply.”

In all this process, I fell in love with the law, and with the ideas it represents: a peaceful way to resolve disputes in an orderly fashion, without violence or massive unrest, and with protections for both the powerless and the powerful. We cannot have a civil society without enforceable rights, and enforceable limits on those rights.

I graduated from Harvard Law School in 1968, and have worked in civil rights and employee rights ever since. In the 47 years since leaving the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in 1969, I have spent more than 80% of my time representing plaintiffs in class actions.

I have divided my biography into several sections, so that you can easily get the kind of information in which you’re interested, and easily ignore what does not interest you. I have also included information on the organizations to which I devote time, so that you can get as full as possible a picture of me.

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (Former Member of Board of Governors).

Areas of Practice (11)

  • Wage & Hour Protections
  • Harrastment
  • Discrimination
  • Class Action
  • Mediations
  • Arbitration
  • Employment Law
  • Appellate
  • Litigation
  • Retaliation
  • Attorney's Fees

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202-729-9870  Phone
202-785-2145  Phone
202-549-1454  Cell Phone
800-805-1065  Fax
University Attended:
Aquinas College, A.B., 1965
Law School Attended:
Harvard University, LL.B., 1968
Year of First Admission:
United States District Court for the District of Columbia; United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi; United States District Court for the Northern District of New York; United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; 1968, District of Columbia; 1972, U.S. Supreme Court; 2008, Maryland; United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
American Bar Association (Chair, Labor and Employment Law Section, August 2011-August 2012); American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA) (Former Chair of Employment Rights Section; Section Officers' Conference; Section and Litigation Group Coordinating Committee); National Employment Lawyers Association; Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association; The District of Columbia Bar; District of Columbia Trial Lawyers Association; Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Member, Board of Directors).
Birth Information:
Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 22, 1942
Reported Cases:
Sines v. Service Corp. Int'l (S.D.N.Y.) (FLSA overtime collective action and class action under New York Labor Law); Pegues v. Mississippi State Employment Service (N.D. Miss.) (first findings of class wide racial discrimination by any State Employment Service in the country against applicants seeking referrals to employers with jobs, first such findings of class wide sexual discrimination; $5.8 million litigated award to more than 700 claimants); Sledge v. J.P. Stevens & Co. (E.D. N.C.) ($20 million settlement for 2,900 back pay claimants harmed by racial discrimination in hiring and job assignments at the company's facilities in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina); Bogan v. Fleetwood Enterprises (D. Idaho) (settlement of nationwide sex discrimination and sexual harassment class action for prospective relief); Brewer v. Miller Brewing Co. (N.D. N.Y.) ($2.7 million in compensatory damages to 97 former black employees harmed by co-worker racial harassment); Dowdell v. Ona Corp. (N.D. Ala.) ($2.5 million settlement for 142 former black employees harmed by co-worker racial harassment); Edwards v. City of Houston (S.D. Tex.) (consent decree, and defense of consent decree, providing 106 remedial promotions to African-American and Hispanic police officers harmed by discriminatory promotional tests and related litigation) (five Fifth Circuit arguments, one of them en banc); Lewis v. Bloomsburg Mills, 773 F.2d 561 (4th Cir. 1985) (reversal of findings of nondiscrimination); and Luevano v. Campbell (D.D.C.) (knocked out Federal government's nationwide hiring test for 118 professional, technical, and administrative occupational series).
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

Peer Reviews

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