By: Todd Shields

Music Critic To Work Full-Time Again

by Todd Shields

Washington Post popular music critic Richard Harrington, 53, is
back to work full-time after settling an age-discrimination lawsuit
he filed against the newspaper, the writer and his lawyer said.

Harrington signed the settlement on Friday and the Post signed on
Monday, said lawyer Michael Kane, who filed the suit on the writer’s
behalf in April in the District of Columbia’s Superior Court.

Kane and Harrington said terms of the settlement barred them from
discussing details beyond the writer’s return to full-time work.
‘They denied all wrongdoing but wanted to get it resolved,’ Kane

Post attorney Mary Ann Werner declined to discuss details of the
settlement. ‘From the time this lawsuit was filed we believed there
was a misunderstanding,’ Werner said. ‘We’re very pleased the
situation was resolved and very pleased Mr. Harrington is working
for us full-time.’

Harrington, a music critic at the paper since 1980, said he was
demoted effective Feb. 1 from the prestigious ‘Style’ section and
shunted to the ‘Weekend’ section, a tabloid insert that appears
each Friday. Since February, Harrington said, he has received half
pay for a schedule that called for 19 hours of work each week.

Harrington said he will now produce music reviews and features
mainly for the ‘Weekend’ section with occasional contributions to
the daily ‘Style’ section – a situation roughly the reverse of his
work pattern before the demotion.

‘It feels good to be gainfully employed again,’ Harrington said in
an interview. ‘All I ever wanted to do was write. All this other
stuff was just extraneous.’

David Segal, 36, who took Harrington’s place as music critic in
‘Style,’ remains in that position, said Kane, the attorney.


Todd Shields ( is the Washington
editor for E&P.

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