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Selyn Hong

Associate

Washington, D.C.
Direct: (202) 828-5365
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Selyn Hong is a senior associate in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Washington, DC office.  She specializes in employment litigation and counseling.  Ms. Hong defends employers in single-plaintiff and class, collective, and representative actions alleging wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and employment-related tort and contract claims.  Ms. Hong also represents clients before various government agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), and the California Labor Commissioner’s Office.  Ms. Hong’s practice has special emphasis on government investigations and private litigation under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and analogous state laws.

In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Hong counsels clients on a broad range of employment matters including recruiting, on-boarding and off-boarding, performance management, leaves of absence, the interactive process, compensation and benefits, wage and hour, worker classification, restrictive covenants, background checks, and privacy.  As part of her counseling practice, Ms. Hong reviews employer policies for compliance under federal and state laws.  She also has experience conducting investigations related to allegations of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, and pay equity.

Ms. Hong has in-house legal experience that adds depth to her practice.  Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Ms. Hong worked as in-house counsel in a rapidly growing e-commerce company where she provided practical advice and counsel on numerous matters including employment, contracts, marketing, intellectual property, and privacy, prepared employment-related agreements, and negotiated various contracts.  In 2018, Ms. Hong was seconded to a global technology company for four months as in-house employment counsel.  She provided day-to-day advice and counsel to various business partners on a wide range of employment issues and managed compliance initiatives.

Ms. Hong also brings broad-based litigation experience to her practice.  Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Ms. Hong litigated at two New York City-based law firms.  In addition to labor and employment matters, she litigated complex commercial matters involving white collar crime, contracts, business torts, securities, bankruptcy, insurance coverage, defamation, and public accommodations discrimination in federal and New York state courts.  She also was a member of the Privacy, Data Breach & Cybersecurity Practice Group at her prior law firm.  Ms. Hong is CIPP/US certified and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Ms. Hong is an active member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Team.  She is committed to diversity and inclusion across workplaces and improving workplace culture.  She also has served on the San Francisco Office’s Pro Bono Committee and maintains an active pro bono practice.  In 2017, she was recognized by the San Francisco Bar Association’s Justice & Diversity Center for her “Outstanding Volunteer” work.

Selyn Hong is a senior associate in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Washington, DC office.  She specializes in employment litigation and counseling.  Ms. Hong defends employers in single-plaintiff and class, collective, and representative actions alleging wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and employment-related tort and contract claims.  Ms. Hong also represents clients before various government agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), and the California Labor Commissioner’s Office.  Ms. Hong’s practice has special emphasis on government investigations and private litigation under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and analogous state laws.

In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Hong counsels clients on a broad range of employment matters including recruiting, on-boarding and off-boarding, performance management, leaves of absence, the interactive process, compensation and benefits, wage and hour, worker classification, restrictive covenants, background checks, and privacy.  As part of her counseling practice, Ms. Hong reviews employer policies for compliance under federal and state laws.  She also has experience conducting investigations related to allegations of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, and pay equity.

Ms. Hong has in-house legal experience that adds depth to her practice.  Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Ms. Hong worked as in-house counsel in a rapidly growing e-commerce company where she provided practical advice and counsel on numerous matters including employment, contracts, marketing, intellectual property, and privacy, prepared employment-related agreements, and negotiated various contracts.  In 2018, Ms. Hong was seconded to a global technology company for four months as in-house employment counsel.  She provided day-to-day advice and counsel to various business partners on a wide range of employment issues and managed compliance initiatives.

Ms. Hong also brings broad-based litigation experience to her practice.  Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Ms. Hong litigated at two New York City-based law firms.  In addition to labor and employment matters, she litigated complex commercial matters involving white collar crime, contracts, business torts, securities, bankruptcy, insurance coverage, defamation, and public accommodations discrimination in federal and New York state courts.  She also was a member of the Privacy, Data Breach & Cybersecurity Practice Group at her prior law firm.  Ms. Hong is CIPP/US certified and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Ms. Hong is an active member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Team.  She is committed to diversity and inclusion across workplaces and improving workplace culture.  She also has served on the San Francisco Office’s Pro Bono Committee and maintains an active pro bono practice.  In 2017, she was recognized by the San Francisco Bar Association’s Justice & Diversity Center for her “Outstanding Volunteer” work.

Education

  • J.D., Columbia Law School (2007)
    Editor, Columbia Journal of Gender and Law
    Co-President, The Domestic Violence Project
    Volunteer Advocate, Courtroom Advocates Project

  • B.A., Yale College (2002)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • California
  • New York

Courts

  • US District Court, Central District of California
  • US District Court, Eastern District of California
  • US District Court, Northern District of California
  • US District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • US District Court, Southern District of New York

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Washington, DC
  • Korean American Bar Association of Washington, DC
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals

Presentations

  • “California Employment Law Peculiarities: What You Need To Know,” Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Washington, DC (September 20, 2018)
  • “2017 Employment Law Update,” San Francisco Employer Advisory Council, San Francisco, CA (January 5, 2017)
  • “2017 Employment Law Update,” Santa Clara Employer Advisory Council, Santa Clara, CA (December 6, 2016)
  • "Navigating Employee Privacy Issues in the Workplace," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (November 2, 2016)
  • “2015 Employment Law Update,” San Francisco Employer Advisory Council, San Francisco, CA (January 7, 2016)
  • “2015 Employment Law Update,” Santa Clara Employer Advisory Council, Santa Clara, CA (December 8, 2015)

Publications

Accolades

  • Lawyers of Color Hotlist (2014)