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Richard E Hayber

Employment and labor Attorney at Hartford, CT

4.6   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    We represent employees who have been fired, or harassed or who have claims for unpaid overtime wages.

    32 years, 700 cases

  2. Civil rights
    Many wrongful termination claims involve the enforcement of civil rights laws like the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII).

    32 years, 20 cases

  3. Class action
    Our wage and hour (overtime) practice frequently results in class actions against large companies, like retailers, who violate the Fair Labor Standards Act.

    25 years, 20 cases

  4. Discrimination
    Discrimination in violation of state and federal law is illegal in the work place and we help enforce these laws.

    32 years, 20 cases

  5. Sexual harassment
    Women who are sexually harassed in the work place have the right to complain, the right to have the employer stop the harassment, and the right to sue if it doesn't stop or if it forces you to quit.

    32 years, 20 cases

  6. Wrongful termination
    Any termination which is in violation of the law is wrongful and can result in a lawsuit for damages, including backpay, emotional distress and attorneys' fees.

    32 years, 50 cases

My practice is dedicated to helping hardworking Connecticut employees who have been the victims of employer abuses in their workplace, including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and unpaid wages or commissions. I make it my business to help employees protect their careers from employers who violate the law.


Attorney Hayber is a passionate, creative and hard working advocate for employees. He has devoted his professional life to this calling and has represented employees in almost every occupation, including waiters and waitresses, automobile damage appraisers, custodians, truck drivers, teachers, assistant managers, and executive vice presidents. 


He has a natural predisposition to represent the underdog. “I have always stood up for people in my life. In high school, I stood up to a coach who was bullying my teammates. I was suspended five days, but I couldn’t just sit there and let it go on without saying something.”


His clients provide inspiration as well. “One former client gave me a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King that he hung in his office cubicle during a period of harassment and retaliation. It reads, ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.’ Today, these words inspire my work.” 


Attorney Hayber graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association. He represents employees in state and federal courts, before the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and the Department of Labor. He and his clients have successfully advanced the legal rights of employees in such areas as gender discrimination, overtime claims, workplace harassment, disability discrimination, and more. He is well respected among other lawyers and most of his work is referred to him by other attorneys.

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Hayber Law Firm
750 Main Street
Suite 904
Hartford, CT, 06103

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Posted by Matthew | January 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very impressed
I found Attorney Hayber in a random google search in 2020, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. From a clean and professional office, to an ability to make things happen in record time, I couldn’t be more satisfied with him and his team. They get stuff done. I don’t know how else to say it. 5/5 stars 7 days a week and twice on Sunday.
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Posted by Brittany | February 17, 2017
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Truly the BEST!
I hired Richard as my Attorney because from day one he was knowledgeable, compassionate and completely understanding to the situation I was experiencing. He was there every step of the way to answer any questions I had, and even to offer advice that helped me get through the process. The time he took to fight for me and my family was truly appreciated, I wouldn't have been able to succeed without him. Him and his office staff were extremely friendly and always responsive. If you want to fight for your rights as an employee and succeed, I highly suggest hiring Richard Hayber as your Attorney!
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Posted by Lisa | October 28, 2014
Very knowledgeable and trustworthy
While my situation was very unique, Attorney Hayber was able to competently advise me on appropriate steps to take. Without his expertise and determination I would have never received such a fair settlement!
Posted by PETER | September 10, 2012
A true employee rights champion!
Used him when I was being used by a company as a grunt, but was classified as exempt management. He and is team worked hard to file my claim and get it settled. Always kept me informed of what was going on in the process until case was settled.
Posted by David | January 7, 2010
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I would highly recommend anyone concerned about an employment related issue to contact Richard, he gets very involved and made me look at my case from all angles! I would use Richard again without hesitation.
Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2008
Client Review
Attorney Hayber is a true professional that is unbelievably knowlegable in labor/employment law and issues. He fought continuously on my behalf. Rick was a down-to-earth man that was very easy to talk to. He always took the time to thoroughly answer my many questions. He and his staff were fabulous at keeping in touch with me every step of the way. I would highly recommend Attorney Hayber 110%!!
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Posted by michele | July 21, 2008
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My experience was truly exceptional, Richard is extremely knowlegdable in his practice, I would have never imagined the paperwork and research involved in what I believed to be a minor issued turned into not so minor and the amount of time and patience Richard had with me and my questions throughout the process. Richard and his staff are excellent. I would recommend Richard 100%.
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Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2008
Client Review
Excellent Lawyer Richard kept me fully informed and I in turn learned a lot about labor laws and discrimination.
Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2010
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Was referred by another attorney and after entering Dick's office, he constantly looked at his watch. He did not listen and kept checking his watch At the end he informed me of a $300.00 consultation fee which I was not informed of and did not pay. The other reviews on his website regarding his compassion and creativity must have been written by Attorney Bernie (his dog).
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  • Hourly Rates $ 100-400 per hour
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder / Owner
  • Hayber Law Firm, LLC
  • 2001 - Present


  • University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Trinity College
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Curry v. Allan S. Goodman, Inc.
  • Reversed grant of summary judgment
  • Osborn v. Home Depot,USA Inc., 518 F.Supp.2d 377 (D.Conn. 2007)
  • Denial of Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment
  • Neary v. Metropolitan Property and Casualty Ins. Co., 517 F.Supp.2d 606, D.Conn.,2007.(September 27, 2007)
  • Denial of Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment
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  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Committee Member
  • 2005 - 2008
  • National Employment Lawyers Assocation
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2008
  • Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2008
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Client's Choice - Employment Law
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers
  • 2011
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  • Connecticut Law Tribune
  • More Employers must follow ADA policy
  • 2008
  • Connecticut Law Tribune
  • Employers must discuss possible accommodations with more workers
  • 2008
  • Compensation Quarterly
  • Accommodating the Claimant's Permanent Restrictions, Is There a Duty?
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Roundtable Discussion Model Rule 8.4
  • Model Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4
  • 2018
  • CELA's Wage and Hour Meeting
  • The Basics and Recent Developments of Wage/Hour Law
  • 2013
  • The Rise in Wage / Hour Litigation
  • The Rise in Wage / Hour Litigation
  • 2010
  • Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting
  • The Practice of Labor and Employment Law in the Current Economy:
  • 2010
  • Prosecuting and Defending Wage/Hour Claims
  • Prosecuting and Defending Wage/Hour claims
  • 2009
  • How to Comply with the FLSA and Connecticut Wage Laws and Avoid Wage Claims
  • Overtime Law
  • 2004
  • Litigation of Wage and Hour Claims/ Collective Actions
  • FLSA overtime claims
  • 1999
  • Lecture on Connecticut Supreme Court ruling in Curry v. Allan S. Goodman, Inc.
  • Disability Discrimination law in Connecticut
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (10)
Endorse Richard
Sexual harassment Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rick is an exemplary professional. He has deep knowledge and experience in employment law; he cares deeply about getting justice for his clients; he's responsive and an excellent communicator. I refer cases to him and his office without hesitation."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Richard is very knowledgeable if the field of employment law, and works hard to protect the rights of his clients. I recommend him highly."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rick is my go to employment law lawyer. If you have any questions concerning your rights in an employer employee scenario than Rick is the lawyer you want. Highest regards."
Class action Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer in the field of employment law, and specifically in the area of class action wage and hour litigation."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Attorney Hayber and I were opposing counsel on a sensitive contract dispute. While we will likely continue to view our respective client matters very differently, I found Rick to be respectful, knowledgeable and a person of high integrity. Perhaps the most telling endorsement I can offer is to state that if ever there were to exist a matter in which my firm found itself in conflict, I would have no hesitancy in recommending Attorney Hayber. Respectfully submitted - Rob Fortgang, 1/14/2011"
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Rick is a very knowledgeable plaintiff's employment lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Rick is knowledgeable about many different areas of Connecticut and federal law. He is an honest lawyer who will tell clients if he thinks that there is an easier or less expensive way to solve their problems. He really cares about his clients!"
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known Attorney Hayber for years and have always been impressed with his intellect and work ethic. Recently, I had occasion to work with Attorney Hayber as co-counsel on a contested litigation matter. He is a knowledgeable, practical and very effective litigator."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Since 2002, I have had several clients consult and engage Rick regarding employment matters. None been have been dissatisfied with his work. Rick represented a client in a labor law matter against an acquaintance of mine. Rick and his client won and, even though my friend was unhappy with the outcome, he told me he respected Rick’s work for the plaintiff."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have co-counseled with Rick Hayber on two cases. I have found Rick to be highly intelligent, knowledgeable, and passionate about his work. Should the opportunity arise, I would gladly work with Rick again. "
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known Rick Hayber for almost 10 years. During that time, I have referred many clients to him for help in Employment matters. All have been pleased by his skilled and aggressive representation."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"Rick Hayber and I were partners for five years, from 2002 through 2007, and I have no qualms about recommending him. His knowledge of employment law is outstanding, and he is one of the best negotiators I've ever known. You are unlikely to find another lawyer who who will work harder or more tenaciously for you."
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