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Law Offices of Dan A. Atkerson

Dallas Employment Attorney Challenging Workplace Retaliation And Wrongful Termination

Workplace Retaliation Lawyer

Dallas workplace retaliation lawyer and employment retaliation attorney in TexasWorkplace retaliation is common, but that does not make it acceptable or even legal. In fact, under Texas employment laws and federal laws, in certain scenarios, workplace retaliation is unlawful. Employees can and should take swift legal action to uphold their workplace rights if they suspect they are the victim of retaliation on the job. If you are reading this, chances are your employer has done something that has made you wonder, “Is this even legal?”

Work retaliation laws are not relegated to one specific section of the law, but they are made up of many different federal and Texas employment laws that protect workers who engage in legally protected activities, refuse to participate in illegal activities, file complaints or participate in investigations about discrimination or harassment on the job. An experienced Dallas employment and workplace retaliation lawyer can help determine if your employer has unlawfully retaliated against you, as well as what kind of legal action you may be able to pursue against your employer under Texas employment laws.

Examples of Retaliation in the Workplace

Under Texas work retaliation laws, retaliation may involve:

  • A change in pay
  • A change in work schedule
  • Demotion
  • Wrongful termination
  • Failures to promote
  • Poor performance reviews
  • Unwarranted disciplinary action
  • Unreasonable increases or decreases in job duties

Any of these or other types of adverse employment actions that affect the terms and conditions of an employment contract might be considered workplace retaliation. If you believe that you have been the victim of retaliation at work, Dallas workplace retaliation lawyer Dan A. Atkerson can help you determine if you have an employment law claim.

Employer Retaliation for Quitting and Other Protected Activities

While employers in at-will employment states like Texas can choose to discipline or terminate employees for many reasons, fair or unfair, there are certain things employers are not lawfully allowed to retaliate against an employee for, which include:

  • Reporting or speaking out about workplace discrimination
  • Reporting illegal activity or refusing to participate in illegal activity
  • Filing for workers’ compensation after an injury
  • Reporting sexual harassment
  • Whistleblowing illegal business activities
  • Claiming unpaid wages
  • Serving on a jury
  • Reporting safety violations
  • Reporting violations of securities laws, as per the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • Reporting fraud in government contracts

The legal system considers these to be protected activities under a number of laws, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, Texas Health & Safety Code, Whistleblower Act, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Civil Rights Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Equal Pay Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and many more laws that protect your workplace rights. Our Dallas employment attorney will investigate each and every law that may apply to and strengthen your workplace retaliation case.

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