Sexual Harassment Attorney Serving Dallas
Your workplace should be somewhere that you feel safe, protected, and empowered.
If you are experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace, you may be unsure of what to do to protect yourself and your career.
Sexual harassment attorney Dan A. Atkerson has been helping workers in Dallas, TX, for over 35 years. He is here to help you.
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If you've been victimized by co-workers or your supervisor, it's important that you contact a sexual harassment lawyer. Our team at the Law Offices of Dan A. Atkerson can review your case free of charge and recommend the next steps. We're here to listen, and to help; contact us online or call our law firm today.
What Does a Sexual Harassment Attorney Do?
Determine If You Have a Case
The law does not protect against teasing, offhand comments, or one-off incidents. To be considered illegal, the harassment must be deliberate or repeated and severe enough that it is creating an intimidating or hostile work environment or affecting someone's employment. A sexual harassment lawyer can examine the specifics of your case to determine whether the law was broken.
Examine the Evidence
On your own, it can be difficult to prove that sexual harassment took place. Your employer will most likely have a lawyer, so you need one in your corner too. As your legal advocate, our Dallas sexual harassment lawyer can listen to your side of the story, examine the facts, prove that illegal sexual harassment took place, and fight to recover compensation on your behalf.
Provide the Support You Need
Sexual harassment can make you feel disrespected, unsafe, and vulnerable. With a sexual harassment lawyer on your side, you can feel ready to face your harasser with confidence. Our employment lawyer can also help ensure that your claim is filed correctly and on time.
Understanding the Costs Hiring a Sexual Harassment Attorney in Dallas
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO HIRE A SEXUAL HARASSMENT ATTORNEY IN DALLAS?
There are no up-front costs when you hire sexual harassment lawyer Dan Atkerson. In addition to consultations, we offer contingency-based legal services. Dan Atkerson is a contingency fee claims attorney who only gets paid a fee when he settles a claim for monetary damages against an employer.
That means that you do not have to pay anything until he recovers compensation on your behalf. Contact us today to learn more about contingency fee claims.
Sexual Harassment Claims Are Complicated What Types of Criteria Must Be Met?
In order for sexual harassment behaviors to be illegal, they must meet requirements outlined in Section 21.141 of the Texas Labor Code:
The Behavior Is Unwelcome: Our attorney will need to prove that the behaviors were unwelcome. Together, we will gather evidence of your refusal to partake in the behaviors, reports made to your manager, and any damages that occurred as a result of the sexual harassment.
The Behavior Interferes With Work Performance and Work Conditions: In order to prove harassment, our attorney will also need to prove that the behaviors or sexual advances created an offensive, intimidating, or hostile work environment, interfered with work performance, or that rejecting the advances would impact an individual's employment.
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When you go to work, you expect to be treated with kindness, respect, and appreciation for your contributions. Harassment is completely unacceptable and can deeply affect how you feel about going to work every day. It can even take a toll on your personal life, causing anxiety, stress, humiliation, and low self-esteem.
Dallas employment attorney Dan Atkerson understands how difficult it can be to pursue a sexual harassment claim on your own. As your attorney, he is here to handle your claim and stand by your side every step of the way.
To find out if you have a case, schedule a consultation today at our law firm serving Dallas, Plano, Frisco, Allen, and all parts of North Texas. Send us a message or call us:
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We're Located Just 30 Minutes From Dallas
The Law Offices of Dan A. Atkerson are located in Allen, TX, just 30 minutes north of Dallas. Dan Atkerson has been an employment lawyer for over four decades, and he represents workers from Dallas, Allen, Plano, Frisco, and all parts of North Texas in a wide range of practice areas.
Contact our law firm today to learn more about your options. We offer consultations.
Anyone Can Be Victimized
Men, women, and non-binary individuals can be victims and perpetrators of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment can occur between co-workers, supervisors and subordinates, between managers, and even in the text of a supervisor's reports. It can also occur between members of the opposite sex and members of the same sex.
What Exactly Is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment is a type of discrimination in the workplace that is against the law in Texas. Sexual harassment can create a hostile work environment for everyone and includes:
- Requests for sexual favors
- Unwelcome sexual advances
- Graphic emails, images, or texts
- Offensive remarks about men and women
- Unwelcome speech or conduct based on sex
- Touching, groping, or other physical harassment of a sexual nature
- Threatening to fire someone if they do not comply with requests for sexual favors
- Retaliation by the employer after the employee complains about sexual harassment
- Inappropriate jokes, sexual comments, and other verbal harassment of a sexual nature
- Promising promotions, schedule changes, or compensation in exchange for sexual favors
How Harassment Cases Work & How Attorney Dan A. Atkerson Can Help
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Have You Been Sexually Harassed at Work? Contact a Lawyer About Your Case
If you've faced unwanted sexual advances at your job, or have been forced to endure a toxic work environment, it's crucial that you contact us about what happened. Attorney Dan A. Atkerson can review what transpired and let you know if you should pursue a sexual harassment claim.
Mr. Atkerson has practiced law in the Dallas area for more than 35 years. If Mr. Atkerson takes your case, you will not pay any legal fees unless and until he wins your case.
To discuss your situation, contact our law firm online. You can also reach the Law Offices of Dan A. Atkerson by phone at:
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Severe or Pervasive Conduct
When assessing a sexual harassment claim, the severity or pervasiveness of the conduct is evaluated. Severity refers to the nature of an incident of sexual harassment, and pervasiveness refers to the frequency that such actions occur. The conduct needs to be sufficiently severe or pervasive to create what courts would consider an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.
Today's Sexual Harassment Statistics Are Alarming
Texas Laws Against Sexual Harassment
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), it is unlawful to harass a job applicant, co-worker, or employee based on that person's sex.
- Quid pro quo: Quid pro quo is when a supervisor requests sexual favors in exchange for granting a promotion, raise, or another benefit. It also includes threatening to fire an employee who does not fulfill the sexual favors.
- Hostile work environment: A hostile work environment is one where an employee is experiencing unwelcome and offensive sexual behaviors that negatively impact the working conditions.
Who Can Be Held Liable Under Texas Law?
According to the new law, an employer can be held liable for sexual harassment if they employ one or more employees. By comparison, federal sexual harassment laws apply to employers who hire 15 or more employees. This means more small businesses can be held accountable for sexual harassment. Texas workers should feel empowered to speak out no matter the size of their company or the nature of their occupation.
Furthermore, the new law defines an employer as one who employs an employee, or one who acts in the direct interests of an employer in relation to an employee. This means that individual managers or supervisors who engaged in harassment can be held liable in a lawsuit.
Are You or a Loved One Experiencing Sexual
Harassment at Work?
Here's What You Should Do
Call Our Lawyer
If you are an employee facing sexual harassment or discrimination at work, going to work every day can become a struggle and you might be tempted to leave your job instead of telling someone about the harassment. By working with a lawyer like Dan Atkerson, you get a dedicated advocate in your corner who will listen to your side of the story, guide you towards the next steps, and help you achieve the desired outcome.
Tell Your Manager
Failing to report sexual harassment to your employer can affect your case later on. Therefore, you should notify your manager immediately if you feel that you are experiencing sexual harassment. This should be done as soon as possible and in writing. This also allows your employer to investigate the situation and rectify it.
Don't Quit Your Job
While it can be tempting to quit your job and leave this dark period behind without telling anyone, quitting can prevent you from filing a claim in the future, and leaving without pursuing a case can mean that your harasser will not face the consequences of their actions.
Don't Delay File a Claim before Time Runs Out
With the new bill, you have 300 calendar days from your employer's last discriminatory act to file a sexual harassment claim. Previously, you had 180 days to file a sexual harassment claim.
Even though the timeframe has nearly doubled, it is best to file your claim as soon as possible. This will help you avoid missing your deadline and losing out on eligibility for a claim. This also allows you to seek restitution sooner rather than later.
Schedule a Consultation Contact Our Law Firm to Take the Next Steps
During your consultation, Dallas attorney Dan Atkerson can help you:
- Determine if you have a sexual harassment case
- Explain what steps you should take next
- File a claim with the EEOC and Texas Workforce Commission if your employer has not responded to the harassment appropriately
- File claims in a timely, sufficient manner
- Represent you during any consequent litigation
- Help you get the outcome you deserve
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