Attorney Richard E. Hayber

“When you are fighting against employers, it feels like David fighting Goliath. Rick stood by me when few other people would. ” – Amy V.

Attorney Richard E. Hayber founded his own law firm because of his strong beliefs in protecting the legal rights of hard-working employees. Hayber, McKenna & Dinsmore assists employees with a variety of issues, from claims for unemployment benefits to wrongful termination, discrimination, and unpaid wages. Hayber Law firm has experience handling an array of complicated employment issues in Connecticut. He has successfully represented employees from all walks of life who were victims of illegal practices by employers. He is committed to providing his clients the best possible representation by keeping track of the latest trends, techniques and advancements in litigation.

Attorney Hayber’s wage and hour practice has grown significantly over the years and the majority of the reported opinions in Connecticut state and federal courts in this area come from cases handled by the Hayber, McKenna & Dinsmore. These cases include class and collective actions which include employees from all over the country. Over the past several years, he has obtained tens of millions of dollars in unpaid wages for employees from major corporations in cases involving automobile damages appraisers, restaurant workers, retail assistant managers, retail store managers, insurance company employees and misclassified delivery drivers. His work has forced many companies to change their pay practices and pay workers fair wages for their work.

Attorney Hayber has been selected as a Super Lawyer® * in the practice area of employment & labor law by  Super Lawyers Magazine from 2010-2019. He has a perfect AVVO Rating of a 10.0 and was recognized as a 2012 AVVO Client’s Choice for employment law.

He is currently licensed in Massachusetts and Connecticut as well as United States District Court for the District of Connecticut and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He is also a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association.

Attorney Hayber is the author of the Connecticut Employee Rights Blog, and has written articles for the Connecticut Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Quarterly and for the Connecticut Law Tribune.

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  • University of Connecticut School of Law, 1992, Cum Laude
  • Trinity College, B.A., Philosophy, 1985

Professional Associations

  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Arbitration Association

Representative Results:

  • Won class certification rulings in two lawsuits against restaurant chains alleging minimum wage violations.
  • Won jury trail against a restaurant for bartender alleging minimum wage violations.
  • $512,000 arbitration award against major Hartford insurer for wrongful termination and FMLA violation.
  • $5,000,000.00 settlement for supermarket department heads.
  • $4,500,000.00 settlement for insurance company claims employees.
  • $2,000,000.00 settlement of supermarket Assistant Store Managers.
  • $1,900,000.00 settlement for retail assistant managers.
  • $1,500,000.00 settlement for class of Automobile Damage Appraisers.
  • $1,100,000.00 settlement for delivery drivers.
  • $1,000,000.00 settlement for class of Automobile Damage Appraisers.
  • $3,000,000.00 settlement for fast food restaurant Assistant Store Managers.
  • $2,000,000.00 settlement for Dispatchers at a national currier company.
  • $4,500,000.00 settlement for class of grocery store Assistant Managers.
  • $157,000.00 settlement in breach of contract for construction executive.
  • $130,000.00 settlement for executive in FMLA retaliation case.
  • $105,000.00 settlement for executive in defamation case.
  • $90,000.00 settlement for hourly worker in defamation case.

Speaking Engagements

  • “Successfully Litigating Attorneys’ Fees” Connecticut Bar Association. October 2018
  • “Model Rule 8.4 Roundtable Discussion” Connecticut Bar Foundation. April 2018
  • “Spotting Hidden Wage & Hour Claims” New Haven County Bar Association & Hartford County Bar Association. October 2015
  • “The Psychology of Selling. Overcoming the Inner Obstacles to Marketing Yourself and your Practice.” American Law Institute. November 7, 2014
  • “The Basics and Recent Developments of Wage/Hour Law.” CELA’s Wage and Hour Meeting. Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association (CELA). Oct 22. 2013
  • 2013 Labor and Employment Law Conference: Wage and Hour Litigation Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) December 12, 2013
  • “When is Someone Truly an Independent Contractor” Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) November 2013

Featured Articles


  • “Trends in Wage and Hour Class Actions” The Connecticut Law Tribune October 27, 2014


Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

*The term Super Lawyer® is a designation granted by the commercial publications, Super Lawyers Magazine and Connecticut Magazine. The term does not indicate the attorney is a “super lawyer” or suggest a particular outcome in your case. Learn more about the Super Lawyer® selection process here.