Employment Discrimination Lawyer
Do you feel that you have been the victim of discrimination at work?
You have rights, but upholding those rights can be difficult without the help of a law firm focused on employment law.
Dan A. Atkerson is an employment law attorney in Allen, TX, helping workers hold their employers responsible for illegal mistreatment...
If you have faced workplace discrimination because of your race, sex, or disability, you may have a legal claim against your employer. Dan Atkerson is an employment discrimination attorney in Allen, TX, who can assist you in bringing any valid claims against your employer. Our law firm recommends saving any and all documentation, records, and potential evidence that can be used to bolster your case. Trust your case to a law office that focuses exclusively on the practice area of employment law. We serve clients throughout Plano and Frisco.
Types of Workplace Discrimination
For more than 32 years, employment discrimination attorney Dan A. Atkerson has fought for workers who suffered workplace discrimination based on:
During your personal consultation at our law firm serving Plano and Frisco, he can review the circumstances surrounding your case to determine the best course of action.
Which Texas Employment Laws Apply?
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the primary federal law that protects employees from age discrimination, sex discrimination, and racial discrimination in the workplace. Title VII outlaws any sort of mistreatment by employers based on an employee’s race or sex. Other local, federal, and state laws prohibit these types of employment discrimination as well. These include the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Equal Pay Act of 1963.
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Attorney Dan A. Atkerson has been practicing since 1984. Today, he focuses exclusively on the practice area of employment law, helping working Texans to protect their rights and their livelihood. Discriminating against employees based on their race, gender, religion, national origin, or other protected statuses isn't just wrong; it's illegal. If you believe you have been a victim of illegal mistreatment at work, request a free consultation with Dan Atkerson online or call our law firm:
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I can't say enough about my experience with Dan Atkerson for helping me with my discrimination case. I found him not only very responsive but also very knowledgeable about how to deal with my employer. Because of the depth of his experience, he was much more informed and far better equipped to navigate my case over other attorneys I had interviewed...and the settlement proved that. Thank you Dan for helping not only me but also my family!View On Google
A Closer Look At Common Types of Discrimination
Title VII precludes employers from discriminating against employees or prospective employees based on their race or national origin. Unlawful racial discrimination can take on many forms. It can be an overt action or more subtle in nature. For instance, an employer cannot use race as a basis for hiring, promoting, or terminating an employee. Likewise, race cannot be a factor in an employer’s decision to not hire or promote an employee.
As only women can get pregnant and bear children, pregnancy discrimination falls within the purview of sex discrimination. Not only does Title VII prohibit mistreatment on the basis of pregnancy as a type of sex discrimination, but the Pregnancy Discrimination Act outlaws any discrimination on the basis of an employee’s pregnancy, childbirth, or maternity leave as well. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act and Title VII provides recourse for employees who have experienced mistreatment in this manner.
Sexual harassment can be direct sexual overtures or actions between a supervisor and subordinate, or between two co-workers. Sexual harassment also can occur in the context of a hostile work environment, in which other employees create a sexually inappropriate workplace atmosphere that offends one or more employees. Sex discrimination protections also extend to gender identity. Title VII governs all of these situations.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law that bars employers from discriminating against employees or prospective employees on the basis of disability, or any physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of an employee’s major life functions, such as walking, talking, seeing, or hearing.
Why Hire an Attorney?
There are many reasons why it is advisable to hire an attorney to represent you in your case:
- An employment lawyer can determine whether illegal discrimination occurred. Even if you are part of a protected group and have been treated unfairly on the job, it does not necessarily constitute illegal mistreatment. An attorney who handles a large volume of these cases can determine whether the unfair treatment occurred because of your protected status, which is the key to a successful lawsuit.
- An employment lawyer can recommend the best course of action. While some cases can be settled out of court, others cannot. A legal professional specializing in employment law can help you achieve resolution in the most timely and beneficial way.
- Your employment lawyer can discredit false justification of your treatment. Often, an employer will argue that an action such as failure to promote was based on poor job performance. In this case, an attorney could gather evidence such as performance reviews and other documents to prove that your job performance was in line with that of someone deserving a promotion.
My case was pretty complex and Dan came to my rescue and assured me that we would win my case and we did. I appreciate his knowledge and abilities to help in this matter and would refer him to anyone needing help in Employment law.View On Google
Dan Atkerson helped me recently with a sensitive legal matter. He proved to be an invaluable resource. His legal expertise, his professionalism, and the solid results he produced make him the go to attorney in his field of expertise. I would certainly work with Dan again and recommend him to others!View On Google
How to Gather Evidence for Your Case
Every case is unique. However, there are some common pieces of evidence that can benefit victims in their pursuit of a settlement or jury award. These include:
Documented Reports of Discrimination
If you feel compelled to report wrongdoing on the part of your co-workers or boss to your supervisor or human resources department, you should document the dates of these reports and the response - or lack or response - that resulted. This information can be highly compelling when trying to demonstrate illegal mistreatment on the part of an employer.
Annual reviews of your work performance can be invaluable in demonstrating inconsistencies in the explanations given for your being fired, passed over for a promotion, or denied a raise. For example, if you can demonstrate that you have consistently received favorable reviews, this can be a powerful tool in refuting claims that these actions were the result of poor job performance.
Corroboration can be a very powerful means of substantiating your claim. If a co-worker witnessed your mistreatment or any other actions on the part of your employer that add credibility to your claim, that person's willingness to testify can be a critical piece of evidence in your case.
One of the most common questions victims have is how their damages are calculated. Damages can be tangible (such as a loss of income) or intangible (such as emotional trauma and distress). Putting a figure on these damages can be complicated, but with the right law firm handling your claim, you stand a far better chance of collecting the restitution you truly deserve.
Contact Our Law Firm
You have a right to work in an environment free of hostility and discrimination based on your gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, and other protected statuses. If you believe that your rights have been violated, it is important to understand that you don't have to pursue justice on your own.
An attorney like Dan Atkerson who focuses exclusively on employment law can help you to achieve justice, collect compensation for your losses, and move on in your life. Victims of this kind of abuse often feel as if they have no one to turn to. Rest assured that Dan Atkerson is prepared to listen and take the course of action that best serves your interests. To book your free consultation, send our law firm a message online or call us today:
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Dan is very sharp, prompt, and professional. He is also very fair and goes over and beyond, in order to ensure that your case is being handled accordingly.
Benefits of Pursuing a Claim
If you have been the victim of discrimination in your workplace, inaction could result in further mistreatment suffered not only by you, but others as well. By standing up for your rights, you can help to curb these illegal actions and ensure a better work environment for everyone. Dan Atkerson is here to help you demonstrate that your rights were violated in order to expose this illegal behavior.
Your employer has no right to compromise your livelihood and emotional wellbeing due to your being a member of a protected group. By taking action against illegal mistreatment, you can collect the restitution you deserve and become better equipped to move on in your professional and personal life. Dan Atkerson can create a compelling argument in favor of maximum compensation on your behalf.
No one is above the law. Employers must understand that regardless of their personal biases, there are laws by which they must abide. Taking a stand by pursuing a claim is the absolute best means of ensuring that justice is served. Dan Atkerson is uniquely qualified to help you substantiate your claims in either a settlement negotiation or a court proceeding.
Law Offices of Dan A. Atkerson
Dan A. Atkerson has been protecting the rights of North Texas employees for over 35 years. He is affiliated with several prestigious legal organizations, including:
- United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit
- State Bar of Texas
Through aggressive, knowledgeable representation, he has helped clients all over the state reach significant verdicts and settlements. To schedule your free consultation at our law firm, request an appointment online or call us at (214) 383-3606.