Author Archives: Richard T. Seymour

About Richard T. Seymour

I have been practicing law in the fields of employment law, civil rights, class actions, appeals, and ADR since I left the government in 1969. One of the benefits of a long practice is that one learns a lot along the way. I use this as an advocate, arbitrator, mediator, and advisor.

Tour du Gab: Three State Bars, and Four Presentations to Them, in Six Weeks

I do a fair amount of speaking, but the current six-week stretch is unusual. Annual Updates of Employment Law On October 27, Jeff Wohl from Paul Hastings in San Francisco and I did our usual annual two-hour update on employment law for the Arizona State Bar in Sedona.  It’s always fun working with Jeff.  Some might think we agree on too much —that’s the nature of employment law — but there is still good room for healthy disagreement.  One of the reasons I appreciate the Arizona State Bar inviting me back again and again is that I like the people, and I love the State and the desert.  I spent part of my childhood growing up in Arizona and I always love to get back. The annual update in Arizona is usually my last of the year.  It normally starts in April in Philadelphia for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, where…
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6 Legal Issues That Enable Serial Harassers

Published by Law360 on November 16, 2017; posted with permission under license. Richard Seymour The questions raised in the public mind by the allegations against Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, Harvey Weinstein and other powerful accused sexual and racial harassers are important: If the allegations are true, how did they manage to get away with it for so long? Why didn’t the victims complain earlier? Where were human resources and company compliance officers? Parts of the answers to these questions are clear, and the evidence of the enablers is not pretty. There is a common theme in many of the accounts given by harassment victims: fear. Fear of retaliation, fear of having a career destroyed, fear of being unemployable if the victim has a public record of having filed a harassment lawsuit, the fear of public humiliation as the most intimate and painful details of their lives are laid…
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One Defendant Compels Arbitration, Others “Wait and See”

When a plaintiff sues a company or agency and its officials, and only the company or agency compels arbitration, does the arbitration-losing plaintiff get a “second bite at the apple” in the lawsuit, against the officials? Or do the officials get a low-risk chance to get out of the lawsuit without ever getting to the merits? And what happens if plaintiff wins the arbitration? Read the blog post for the answers. Continue reading

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