Unwanted sexual advances in the workplace can cause significant distress. In some cases, employees even face retaliation and lose their job.
A knowledgeable sexual harassment lawyer will review your case and pursue all available remedies for harassment and discrimination.
Dan A. Atkerson handles employment law matters including sexual harassment at his Allen, TX, office, serving Plano, Frisco, and surrounding areas...
Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Sexual harassment in the workplace can take many forms. If you have been the subject of unwanted sexual advances from a supervisor or other type of coworker, you are not alone. During a free consultation at the Allen, TX, Law Offices of Dan A. Atkerson, we can identify the best course of action to stop the sexual harassment you face in the workplace.
Reasons to Contact a Lawyer for a Sexual Harassment Case
Sexual harassment refers to any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that creates a hostile or offensive work environment. If youʼre confronted with conduct that you think might be sexual harassment, itʼs a good idea to speak with an employment lawyer as soon as possible in order to:
Find out If You Have a Case
On your own, it can be difficult to figure out whether the conduct fits the legal definition of sexual harassment. These cases can be emotionally charged, which is why at the law firm of Dan A. Atkerson, we take the time to truly listen to you. We lend a sympathetic ear while always protecting your rights under employment law rules and regulations.
Fight Harassment in the Workplace
We believe everyone is entitled to a safe space at work, free from unwanted sexual advances, sexually charged statements or actions, and discrimination. If you have been harassed at work in any way whatsoever, contact us today and let a competent sexual harassment lawyer take on your employer.
Contact Our Law Firm Today & Learn about Your Options
The law firm of Dan A. Atkerson was formed in 2001, after Mr. Atkerson began practicing law in Texas in 1984. Mr. Atkerson is a good listener, treats his clients with respect, and does not rush through appointments. The mission of the Dan A. Atkerson law firm is to provide quality and prompt service to employees who have suffered workplace discrimination by recovering just compensation. We are conveniently located just west of Allen Premium Outlets and the northcentral expressway and east of Highway 121. Our office serves Frisco, Plano, and surrounding areas.
If you feel that sexual harassment at your place of employment has created a hostile work environment, we invite you to schedule a free consultation with our firm. You can contact us online or reach us by phone:
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But Is It Really Sexual Harassment?
In the simplest terms, sexual harassment includes any unwanted sexual act taken by an employer towards an employee. The act may be something you consider minor, such as making a joke. Harassment might also be a much larger action, such as demanding sex in exchange for a promotion or being discriminated against for refusing to engage in a sexual act. Some common examples of harassment include:
You might repeatedly turn down a request for a date from a supervisor, only to then be told your work performance is low. Be sure and keep notes of any conversations regarding your work performance and copies of any official reviews to go over with your lawyer.
Have you been harassed by a vendor, such as a delivery person? Overtly sexual actions or innuendo can cause trauma in the workplace, leading to a claim for harassment. Your lawyer will ask about the frequency of the inappropriate comments or advances, and what steps your employer took to prevent certain vendors from visiting your work.
Any unwanted contact of a sexual nature can qualify as harassment. Our law firm understands the sensitive nature of these actions, and treats you with respect when discussing your claims.
Unfair treatment and discrimination can occur when an employee is treated differently than other workers for refusing to become sexually engaged with another party. Lawyers handling this specialized practice area will look for evidence that certain workers were treated more favorably than you to prove discrimination.
Quid pro quo activity can occur when an employee’s job is conditioned upon being sexually active with a boss or supervisor. Your lawyer will review the evidence to establish the promise that was made, and demand appropriate damages for this type of harassment.
Each of these instances, even overhearing a seemingly innocent joke, can rise to the level of harassment if the employee feels the actions create a hostile work environment.
What to Do If You Experience Sexual Harassment
Call a Lawyer
As an employee suffering from any of these actions (especially when coupled with being given a poor performance review, demotion, or suffering from discrimination), it is critical to call a sexual harassment lawyer right away. Contact our law firm today to discuss your case.
Alert Your Supervisors
You should also alert the human resources department, or other supervisor, of the inappropriate sexual conduct and make a report expressing your discomfort. This is important documentation that will be called upon to support your case.
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Key Elements to Proving You Have Been Harassed
If you are considering making a claim for harassment at work, you will need to establish certain elements.
At the law firm of Dan A. Atkerson, we handle all sorts of employment law cases and can handle yours too. First, Mr. Atkerson will need to prove the sexual conduct or harassment was unwelcome. You can do this by introducing evidence of your refusal to participate in the activity, showing you reported the actions and indicated to a supervisor the work environment was hostile, and that the sexual harassment suffered has caused you damages.
Damages typically come in the form of lost wages if you were demoted or terminated, but can also include emotional and sometimes physical distress. This practice area is complicated, because many times an employer defends these cases by claiming a lack of knowledge that the employee was uncomfortable. These types of statements can result in a victim feeling belittled and further harassed, compounding the legal issues in the case.
More Than 7,500 men and women file sexual harassment claims each year. However, many others choose not to report harassment out of fear of employer retaliation.
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Schedule a Free Consultation with a Sexual Harassment Attorney Today
Mr. Atkerson has assisted clients of numerous Fortune 500 companies, each facing a diverse and unique employment-related claim. We offer a free consultation to go over the facts of your case and work on a contingency fee basis. This means if you do not recover on your claims, you do not need to pay us. Our fee is part of your recovery, allowing you to pursue a case with no risk and no obligation. If you are a victim of a hostile workplace environment, reach out to us today for a free consultation. You can schedule an appointment online or call our law firm directly:
How a Lawyer Can Help with Sexual Harassment Cases
Hiring a lawyer is essential to a sexual harassment case. A sexual harassment lawyer can help your case and potentially protect your fellow workers by:
Examining the Evidence
We will begin by conducting a thorough investigation into the facts, establishing a hostile work environment exists, and making sure your case is filed properly and on time.
Having a lawyer on your side during a sexual harassment case helps you feel prepared and ready to face your perpetrator with confidence. Plus, when you partner with a qualified lawyer, you can rest assured the case will be aggressively pursued. Whether you have faced discrimination, sexual harassment in any form, or been punished at work for turning down sexual favors, we know what to do.
Protecting Your Rights
Our lawyers fight for your rights under the statutes and case law governing employment law issues, make claims for damages if you have been retaliated against at work, or have lost your job as a result of making a sexual harassment claim.
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If you feel that you have been harassed at work, you should make a claim as soon as possible. By doing so, you can:
Reduce the Risk of Retaliation
Most people are hesitant to make claims against their employer out of fears over being ostracized at work, moved to a lesser position, or even fired. This type of retaliation is unlawful and should not discourage you from making a claim if you have been harassed. We are an established law firm with a focus on helping people who have faced discrimination and other wrongful acts while on the job get what they deserve.
Create a Safer Workplace
Keep in mind that your place of employment is legally bound to investigate your claims and is not allowed to take any negative action towards you while that investigation is ongoing. Being uncomfortable at work leads to lower productivity and worker morale. The only way to combat this problem is to face it head on and demand the human rights you are entitled to receive. Your lawyer will discuss your legal options as well as employment options so you do not feel unsafe or unwelcome at work. We want you to enjoy your job, but also have a safe space to perform your job duties.
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 Allen law firm, serving Frisco, Plano, and nearby communities,request an appointment online or call us at (214) 383-3606.