Racial Discrimination Lawyer
Are you treated differently at work, or do you experience a hostile work environment, because of your race or your national origin?
Since 1984, employment lawyer Dan A. Atkerson has represented employees in race discrimination claims against employers of all sizes.
If you have experienced racial discrimination in the workplace, contact our firm in Allen, TX, to discuss your legal options.
Racial Discrimination Is Illegal An Attorney Can Protect Your Rights
Race or national origin cannot be a determining factor in employment decisions. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate based on race or national origin in such aspects of employment as:
- Hiring or firing
- Pay rate
- Job assignments
- Any other term or conditions of employment
If you've experienced a hostile work environment or been discriminated against because of your racial identity or national origin (or your spouse's racial identity or national origin), you have the right to file a discrimination claim against your employer. By working with an employment lawyer like Dan A. Atkerson, you can hold your employer accountable and potentially receive significant financial compensation.
Why Call Our Law Firm? Employment Law Is Our Focus
Employment law is tricky, and racial discrimination can be difficult to prove. When your Title VII rights have been violated, working with a dedicated employment lawyer greatly increases your chances of legal success.
Dan A. Atkerson has been focused on employment law since he began practicing in 1984. He has helped numerous workers from Allen, Plano, Frisco, and the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area recover significant compensation after instances of employment discrimination.
If you believe you have a discrimination case, contact us today for a consultation. You will be able to meet personally with Mr. Atkerson, and he can advise you of the best course of action.
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Dan A. Atkerson Explains Discrimination
Examples of Racial Discrimination at Work
National origin or racial discrimination is not always obvious, nor does it apply solely to one group. Individuals of any race, including multi-racial individuals, can be victims of racial discrimination.
Racial discrimination can take many forms, but a few examples include:
- Segregation of the workplace by race or national origin
- Exclusion from workplace activities based on race or national origin
- Passing over an employee for a promotion in favor of another employee on the basis of race or national origin rather than merit
- Flagrant or casual use of racial epitaphs, ethnic slurs, or other derogatory comments
- Having a job position or the positions of others in the same racial group eliminated during layoffs, while employees of a different race keep positions or were reassigned to other positions
- Creating a hostile work environment for employees of a certain race or national origin
All employers are also responsible for ensuring that their policies are free from discriminatory language or practices. Also, it is important to note that instances of race discrimination do not have to be intentional to be illegal.
Why File a Claim?
In a race discrimination case, our lawyer can help you secure compensation to make up for any financial losses you suffered because of the discrimination (compensatory damages) and, in particularly egregious cases, additional compensation meant solely to punish the employer (punitive damages).
Holding Your Employer Accountable
Don't let your employer get away with racist or otherwise discriminatory actions. If a company or organization is not abiding by the Civil Rights Act, or if they are creating a hostile work environment for employees of a certain race, they need to be brought to justice.
Workplace discrimination cases really do have the potential to change our society for the better. By holding your employer accountable for racial discrimination, you and your coworkers may be able to help put an end to illegal employment actions based on race.
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Important Laws in a Race Discrimination Case
Title VII is a section of the 1964 Civil Rights Act that established what we now refer to in employment law as "protected classes." The law makes it illegal for employers to take employment actions based on a person's "race, color, religion, sex, or national origin."
Title VII is also somewhat expansive in that it outlaws actions that may not be intentionally discriminatory, but have the effect of discriminating against certain protected classes. For example, an employer may require that employees have a high school diploma in an area where most minorities do not. This is a nuance that lawyers like Dan A. Atkerson can use to great effect in a Title VII case.
It is important to note that before a Title VII lawsuit can be filed, an employee must have first filed a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 is a much older law that attorneys still find valuable in discrimination cases. It states that all persons in the United States should have the same rights "that are enjoyed by white citizens" in regards to making and enforcing contracts.
Courts have since interpreted the law to apply broadly to all employment situations. Unlike Title VII, this law only addresses race discrimination and does not prevent discriminating against other protected classes. Also unlike Title VII, Section 1981 only prohibits intentional discrimination.
If possible, our attorney may choose to bring your case under Section 1981 instead of Title VII because it does not require prior filing with the EEOC and does not have any cap on recoverable damages.
Texas Labor Code Chapter 21 contains the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act (TCHRA), which is essentially the same as Title VII. Like Title VII, the state-level law prohibits employers from making an employment decision based on a person's race, color, or national origin.
The TCHRA was passed after the 1964 Civil Rights Act to "provide for the execution of the policies of Title VII." Generally, state courts have interpreted the TCHRA in the same way federal courts have interpreted Title VII, but some distinctions have emerged over time.
Without the assistance of a lawyer, it's difficult to figure out if your case should be brought under Title VII, Section 1981, or the TCHRA. Fortunately, attorney Dan A. Atkerson is available to help.
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Racial Discrimination FAQs
Can I afford a lawyer?
You can absolutely afford to hire Dan Atkerson. Employees who have experienced discrimination, harassment, or a hostile work environment are often hesitant to hire a lawyer because they don't think they can afford an attorney's fees. At the Law Offices of Dan A. Atkerson in Allen, TX, that's not something you have to worry about. Our lawyer takes cases on a contingency basis, meaning that any fees are a percentage of an eventual verdict or settlement. You won't pay our lawyer anything unless and until you secure compensation.
What if my employer punishes me for speaking up?
Employers cannot commit workplace retaliation against an employee who reports racial discrimination or who participates in a workplace discrimination investigation. If you experience a hostile work environment after reporting instances of race or national origin discrimination, you can talk to our attorney about bringing a retaliation lawsuit against your employer.
When do I need to file a claim?
Title VII, Section 1981, and the TCHRA all involve different statutes of limitations for national origin or race discrimination cases. Under Title VII and the TCHRA, you should file a charge within 180 days of the unlawful event. However, federal courts have interpreted the date of the unlawful event differently than Texas state courts. Section 1981, on the other hand, has a statute of limitations of four years. Ultimately, to ensure that your charges are not dismissed on a technicality, it is best to call a lawyer as soon as an instance of national origin or race discrimination takes place.
Who does Dan A. Atkerson represent?
Mr. Atkerson represents clients from Allen, Plano, Frisco, and the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. Regardless of your race, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or religion, you have an advocate in Mr. Atkerson. If you are experiencing a hostile work environment, contact us today for a consultation.
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Other Forms of Discrimination
Lawyer Dan A. Atkerson represents employees who have been subject to all forms of harassment, discrimination, or hostile work environments. He has helped clients with cases involving: