Wrongful Termination Lawyer
Losing your job can be traumatic, especially if you feel that the termination occurred illegally.
If you believe that your employer broke the law when they terminated your position, a wrongful termination lawyer can protect your rights.
To determine if you have a case, you should book a free consultation with Allen, TX, employment attorney Dan A. Atkerson...
Were You Wrongfully Terminated?
Texas is an at-will state, meaning that under many circumstances, the employee or employer can terminate the employment relationship without advance notice or reason at any time. Even if they are not fair, there are many legal reasons why an employer can legally terminate your position.
However, there are situations in which an employer may be in violation of state and federal law if they decide to fire you.
You may be a victim of wrongful termination if:
You are fired because of your national origin, gender, age, race, color, or disability. These are all legally protected statuses.
You are fired after filing for workers’ compensation.
You are fired for taking time off work to serve on a jury.
You are fired because you are an active-duty member of the military or are in training.
You work at a nursing home, mental health facility, hospital, or rehabilitation center and are fired for whistleblowing.
You are a government employee terminated for reporting illegal activity.
You are fired for claiming overtime or other wage claims.
You are fired for reporting violations under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which pertains to accounting and securities.
You feel that you were forced to leave your job because your employer created a hostile, intolerable work setting.
In general, if discrimination or a violation of company policy took place, then you may have a wrongful termination case. Without legal expertise, it can be difficult to determine if wrongful termination laws apply to your claim. Talk to an employment attorney to learn what classes of employees are legally protected. Our law firm is conveniently located in Allen, TX, making it accessible to victims of wrongful termination from Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano, Frisco, and other North Texas communities.
Wondering If You Have a Case? Schedule a Free Consultation Today
A lawsuit for wrongful termination is difficult to pursue on your own. To find out if you have a case and begin planning your next steps, contact a law office that focuses on employment law.
If you were recently fired and are questioning the legality of your dismissal, attorney Dan Atkerson in Allen, TX, can help you explore the circumstances of your termination. There is no shortage of wrongful termination lawyers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but Mr. Atkerson has protected employees' rights for more than 36 years. If you believe you have been unfairly terminated, request a free consultation at our law firm or call us at:
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There are many benefits to hiring a wrongful termination lawyer...
Allen, Dallas, Plano, Frisco, and other North Texas communities have many skilled attorneys to choose from...
35+ Years of Experience
Dan Atkerson has been practicing employment law for over 36 years. During that time, he has helped protect many employees in Allen, Dallas, Plano, Frisco, and throughout Texas from harassment, wrongful termination, and other forms of employment discrimination. Because he focuses solely on employment law, Mr. Atkerson is able to provide representation in the most complex employment cases.
Notable Verdicts & Settlements
Over the past three decades, our law firm has earned a reputation for success. Mr. Atkerson has represented many employees of Fortune 500 companies in Dallas and throughout the state, and he has recovered millions of dollars in compensation on their behalf. Several of our individual verdicts and settlements have reached hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Outstanding Reputation among Clients
Clients come to our Allen, TX, law firm from Dallas, Plano, and other parts of Texas because of our reputation for friendly, personalized service. Mr. Atkerson is an excellent listener who will patiently address your concerns or answer your questions about any legal matter. As his client, you can rest assured that your legal advocate is focused on helping you achieve the justice you deserve.
Despite the at-will status of employment in Texas, wrongful discharge still happens. When it does, enlist the help of an employment law attorney. The Law Offices of Dan A. Atkerson
Factors to Consider in a Wrongful Termination Case
To determine whether the termination was illegal or wrongful, Mr. Atkerson will examine several factors:
Was there an employment contract in place?
Most employment contracts list reasons why an employee can be fired. If you were fired for a reason that is not listed on your employment contract, you may have grounds for a wrongful termination lawsuit. Mr. Atkerson can review your employment contract and determine whether this is the case.
When you have a contract that specifies a duration of employment and you are satisfying the terms of that employment contract, an employer may not fire you before your contract ends. If you are fired in breach of your employment contract, you may also have a case for a wrongful termination lawsuit.
Did your employer have certain policies in place?
If you believe that your employer failed to follow their own policies, you may have a lawsuit. Your attorney will review these policies and the circumstances of your termination to explore this possibility.
Were you treated differently than other employees?
Perhaps your employer terminated your position due to "performance issues." If this is the case, Mr. Atkerson will investigate other employees to determine if they were also terminated for the same performance issues. If Mr. Atkerson can prove that your employer wrongfully terminated you because of workplace discrimination, you can collect a settlement or jury award to compensate you for your losses.
Did you make a complaint only to be punished for it?
Employees are entitled to a safe, fair workplace. If you made a complaint because you observed illegal activities and you were fired as a result, it is known as retaliation by the employer. Employers cannot dismiss employees in retaliation for whistleblowing or making a complaint in good faith.
Did defamation of character occur?
In order to avoid a wrongful termination lawsuit, some employers will make up false reasons for why they terminated you. This is known as defamation of character. You might have a case if your employer defamed you to bolster their case for your termination.
For example, if doing drugs was cited as a reason for firing you, and you did not use controlled substances, a wrongful termination attorney can help reveal this discrepancy to the court. Without an attorney's help, countering the reasons given by your employer can be incredibly difficult.
Proving that wrongful termination took place requires a skilled attorney. Mr. Atkerson's practice area of focus is employment law. He can help you recover by reviewing all of the necessary documentation and building a strong case.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Wrongful Termination Lawyer?
Many employees who are wrongfully dismissed never contact an attorney because they feel they cannot afford one.
However, Mr. Atkerson works on a contingency basis. You are not responsible for legal fees until and unless Mr. Atkerson is able to recover compensation on your behalf.
Additionally, Mr. Atkerson offers free consultations regarding your legal concerns. Our law firm is a short drive from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. If you are unable to visit us for an in-person consultation, we can also answer your questions over the phone or arrange to meet you elsewhere.
Schedule a Free Consultation Today & Explore Your Options
If you were recently let go from your job for unlawful reasons, contact our law office to determine if you have a case. At the Law Offices of Dan A. Atkerson, we focus exclusively on the practice area of employment law, so we are able to provide dedicated legal representation to each of our clients.
As your attorney, Mr. Atkerson will listen to your concerns and remain sympathetic to your needs. He is very patient and will spend the time it takes to listen to his clients.
To talk to Mr. Atkerson about your case, request a consultation online or call our Allen, TX, law office:
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