Law Offices of Dan A. Atkerson

Workplace Retaliation Lawyer

Your employer has no right to punish you for speaking up about workplace violations such as harassment or unsafe working conditions.

Proving retaliation can be hard. The right attorney can protect your rights by investigating the case and pursuing damages.

Workplace retaliation lawyer Dan A. Atkerson, serving Plano, Frisco, and Allen, TX, can fight for you...

Workplace Retaliation: Know Your Rights

It is unlawful for an employer to retaliate and terminate an employee because they engaged in some sort of protected activity under the law. If you feel like you have no one in your corner during this difficult time, we can help. The Law Offices of Dan A. Atkerson can identify whether you have a legal cause of action that could be asserted against your employer for termination of employment.

What Counts as Workplace Retaliation?

If your employer takes negative action against you for reporting violations such as discrimination or harassment, you may have a retaliation case.

Under Texas' employment laws, retaliation can take many forms, including:

  • 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, attorney Dan A. Atkerson can help you determine if you have a retaliation claim. He is unique among lawyers in the state of Texas because he focuses solely on employment law.

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Why Employers Retaliate

Any time an employer retaliates against an employee for exercising their legal rights, the employee has a right to file a retaliation claim to pursue compensation. An attorney can help prove the retaliation was in response to legally protected activity. Some of the most common examples of protected activity that can prompt retaliation include:

Making a Sexual Harassment Claim

Reporting Unsafe Conditions

Reporting Discrimination

Reporting Illegal Business Activity

Filing for Workers' Comp

Claiming Unpaid Wages

Serving Jury Duty

Reporting Violated Securities Laws

Reporting Government Contact Fraud 

Protecting Victims of Workplace Retaliation

The legal system considers these to be protected activities under a number of employment 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. When you find yourself considering lawyers in order to take action in the wake of retaliation, you should choose an attorney who focuses on employment law. Our employment lawyer will investigate each and every law that may apply to and strengthen your workplace retaliation case. Our lawyer serves clients from throughout Allen, Plano, and Frisco.

What To Do If You Have Suffered Retaliation at Work

If you feel you have suffered or witnessed disparate treatment, harassment, or discrimination at work, the first step is to make a report with human resources. Next, call a qualified attorney. Your human resources department will investigate your claims, but you can bolster your claims of retaliation or harassment by having an attorney on your side.

It is possible that your human resources department will decide no violation has taken place. Your employer may also retaliate due to your complaint. The next step is to file a charge with the Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This step is required before filing a lawsuit in court. Dan Atkerson can help you to file that charge with the EEOC and gather the evidence and documentation needed in order to pursue justice.

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Why Hire Dan A. Atkerson?

Not every law firm is qualified to take on workplace retaliation cases. Many law firms represent clients in diverse practice areas, but when considering lawyers to take your case, make sure you choose a lawyer who handles a large volume of employment law cases. Victims of retaliation choose the law firm of Dan A. Atkerson because:

  • Attorney Dan A. Atkerson has handled cases of sexual harassment, discrimination, and other workplace disputes for two decades. He has been a licensed attorney since 1984, and has led his own law firm since 2001. 
  • Mr. Atkerson is prepared to act as your employment lawyer and protect your rights if your employer decides to retaliate following reported wrongdoing.
  • When it comes to practice areas, Dan A. Atkerson focuses exclusively on employment law. He is intimately familiar with these kinds of cases in Texas.
  • Mr. Atkerson can help you prove wrongdoing in order to collect the damages you deserve. 

Contact Us

Our retaliation lawyer can investigate your case and provide legal services that protect your rights as a worker. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you are not required to pay anything out of pocket. We only collect a fee if we are able to achieve a settlement or jury award on your behalf. To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us today at

(214) 383-3606

Dan Atkerson

The Importance of Documentation

When you contact our law firm, Dan A. Atkerson will advise you to:

  • Keep records of the incident by making a copy of the report made to HR regarding an incident of sexual harassment or another violation. You should also keep copies of all communication regarding the investigation and findings.
  • Collect documentation of your work history and performance record. A company will claim the treatment in question is disciplinary in nature due to poor work performance or absenteeism. Hang on to all of your year-end reviews, congratulatory emails from your boss, and your attendance history.

Our job is to piece this evidence together to establish that the actions of your employer were not only wrong, but also illegal.

Compensation

In nearly every case of workplace retaliation, the plaintiff pursues financial compensation. To prove that you are entitled to financial compensation, you will need to show that you have suffered financial losses due to an act of retaliation. This can be accomplished by demonstrating:

Your salary has subsequently decreased.

You were denied bonus pay that you earned.

You were fired and no longer receive wages.

The harm you suffer must be directly related to the actions of your boss or company and must also be the result of having exercised a valid legal right. Everyone is entitled to a safe work environment, free from sexual harassment and discrimination, and also free from retaliation in response to seeking a safe space to work. If you suffered wrongful termination or demotion after reporting wrongdoing in the workplace, it is likely that your employer's actions were retaliatory in nature. Let us help you hold your employer accountable if you have been punished for whistleblowing.

Law Offices of Dan A. Atkerson

Dan Atkerson
Attorney Dan 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.

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