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Dallas Employment Discrimination Lawyer

Have you been treated unfairly at work? You may have grounds for an employment discrimination lawsuit.

Employment discrimination lawyer Dan A. Atkerson has protected workers in Dallas, TX, since 1984.

If you would like to discuss your case with Mr. Atkerson, contact our office today to schedule a consultation...

Dan A. Atkerson Describes Employment Discrimination

Workplace discrimination comes in many forms. When you are treated unfairly because of your race, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, or any other protected class, your employer can face legal consequences. Working with an employment discrimination lawyer like Dan A. Atkerson gives you the greatest chances of success in cases like these.

Time Is Limited You Have 180 Days to File a Discrimination Suit

Texas state laws grant workers about six months to file a discrimination suit after an incident or series of incidents of discrimination occur. It takes time to assemble a compelling case that can clearly substantiate wrongdoing on the part of an employer. If you believe you have been the victim of harassment or other types of discrimination in the workplace, you have everything to gain by contacting an employment discrimination lawyer now. Mr. Atkerson is a discrimination lawyer who can protect your rights granted under legislation such as the Civil Rights Act.

Find Out If You Have a Case Schedule a Legal Consultation

Workers who experience employment discrimination in Dallas, TX, often feel isolated, frustrated, and helpless. It can be difficult to know where to turn in circumstances like these. Fortunately, employment lawyer Dan A. Atkerson is available to listen to the details of your situation and honestly advise whether you have a winnable workplace discrimination case on your hands.

Legal consultations with Mr. Atkerson are totally confidential. To request your consultation, contact us online or give us a call.

Call Us: (214) 383-3606

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Outstanding Attorney / Person Dan is very efficient, accessible in real time and works very hard to get the desired results which he did in my case. He is very empathetic and looks from client’s perspective at all times. I felt more than an attorney, he connects to you as an individual who is trying to get the justice for you. I strongly recommend Dan to anyone who is looking to get their legal needs met.

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Dan was the only lawyer who seemed to have time for me and knew that I had a case. He was personable, helpful, and most importantly he knew how to win without setting foot in a court room. The process was fast and he communicated with me through the entire process. I would highly recommend his services if you need a lawyer.

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What Is Employment Discrimination?

Under legislation such as the Civil Rights Act, it is illegal to make employment decisions based on a person's:

Behaviors or actions that could be considered discriminatory include:

When you experience workplace discrimination in Dallas, you have the right to initiate legal action against your employer. Hiring an employment discrimination lawyer like Dan A. Atkerson, who is exceedingly knowledgeable in Texas employment law, can empower you to build the strongest possible case. Through a workplace discrimination lawsuit filed with the EEOC, you can potentially receive financial compensation and bring your employer to justice.

Relevant Employment Law

Title VII

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a landmark in employment law that, as amended, makes it unlawful for employers to make employment decisions based on a worker's "race, color, religion, sex, or national origin." Any person or company with fifteen or more employees is required to abide by Title VII. Title VII also created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). 

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) of 1978 was passed to amend Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in order to establish pregnancy as an additional protected class. The PDA specified that making an employment decision based on a woman's pregnancy, potential pregnancy, or pregnancy-related medical conditions is considered sex discrimination.

The Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 is a federal law that broadly protects the civil rights of persons with disabilities. The portions of the act that are relevant to employment law are Titles I and V, which make it illegal for employers to make employment decisions based on a person's disability.

The Equal Pay Act

The Equal Pay Act of 1963 made it unlawful for an employer to pay men and women differently for the same work. It was one of the first federal laws to address sex discrimination in the workplace.


The Texas Commission on Human Rights Act (TCHRA), contained in Texas Labor Code Chapter 21, is basically a state-level version of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Like Title VII, the TCHRA makes it illegal for employers in Texas to discriminate based on a person's "race, color, disability, religion, sex, national origin, or age." 

"Thank You Dan"

"I can't say enough about my experience with Dan Atkerson for helping me with my discrimination case. I found him not only very responsive but also very knowledgeable about how to deal with my employer. Because of the depth of his experience, he was much more informed and far better equipped to navigate my case over other attorneys I had interviewed...and the settlement proved that. Thank you Dan for helping not only me but also my family!"
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Wronged Workers Deserve Restitution Dan Atkerson Helps Dallas Workers Stand Up for Their Rights

Demotions, pay cuts, and wrongful termination aren't just degrading - they also take a toll on the livelihood you work so hard to maintain. Dan Atkerson is a discrimination lawyer committed to making sure that illegal actions on the part of employers don't wind up hurting those who put so much time and effort into supporting themselves and their families. To book a case review with Mr. Atkerson, you can request a consultation online or call our office directly at (214) 383-3606.

What to Do When You Face Employment Discrimination

Gather Evidence

The more evidence you can gather related to your discrimination, the better. Depending on your employer and the nature of your work, you might consider compiling a collection of performance reports, workplace communications, and work samples. If you have sympathetic colleagues, you could ask them for written testimonies or eyewitness accounts.

Go to H.R.

If your employer has a human resources department or otherwise has policies in place for how workplace discrimination should be reported, you should follow the prescribed internal procedures to notify your employer of your discrimination. If you do not give your employer the opportunity to address the discrimination, your legal case may be weaker.

Call Dan A. Atkerson

When you are the victim of race discrimination, age discrimination, or any other form of employment discrimination, you need an advocate who can guide you through the legal process and who can make sure that your civil rights are protected. Dallas-area attorney Dan A. Atkerson is available to provide the dedicated, understanding, knowledgeable representation you deserve. After a case review, he can help you file a claim with the EEOC.

Meet Your Employment Discrimination Attorney

Dan A. Atkerson practices employment law in the Dallas area because he loves using his legal training to help people who have been mistreated by their employers. His clients leave him five-star reviews because of his commitment and his attention to detail.

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Texas employment attorney Dan A. Atkerson protects the rights of workers who have experienced wrongful termination, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, and other civil rights violations. If you have been mistreated by your employer, Mr. Atkerson can help you build a case and pursue justice.

Take the first step by scheduling a consultation at our Dallas-area office today. You can request a consultation by contacting us online or by calling us.

Call Us: (214) 383-3606

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Dan was very kind, informative and responded immediately to address any and all questions that I had. His process was very quick and detailed as well. I would recommend him to anyone. Thank you Dan… I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you!

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I highly recommend Dan Atkerson as an excellent attorney. He is persistent, hardworking, and never gives up without results. He was a blessing to me in my time of need and I had great results with his services. He will keep you informed every step of the way.

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When You Witness Discrimination You Have a Right to Report It Without Fear of Retaliation

Just because you are not personally suffering discrimination doesn't mean you don't have a right to report discrimination suffered by a co-worker. In fact, by documenting this violation, you are ultimately doing that person - and everyone you work with - a tremendous service. 

It is absolutely natural to hesitate to be a whistleblower due a fear of retaliation, but it's important to understand that any such retaliation is also a form of discrimination. Federal laws such as the Whistleblower Retaliation Act provide protections to those who speak up after witnessing employment law violations.

Some of the most common forms of whistleblower retaliation include:

  • Cutting hours or pay
  • Transferring you to another department
  • Denying requests for vacation time
  • Demotion within the company
  • Firing
  • Poor performance reviews in spite of good job performance

If you have reported employment law violations in your workplace and feel you are being treated unfairly as a result, discrimination lawyer Dan Atkerson can help you achieve justice.

Don't Be Afraid to Speak Up Workplace Retaliation Is Unlawful

Many employees in Dallas don't report instances of race discrimination, gender discrimination, or other forms of employment discrimination because they are afraid that their employer will respond by terminating their employment or creating a hostile work environment. If you "blow the whistle" on unlawful employment practices, and your employer retaliates in some way, attorney Dan A. Atkerson can protect your rights with a workplace retaliation lawsuit.

"He was genuinely interested in my case"

"I spoke to Mr Atkerson June 16 2021 about my discrimination case. He was genuinely interested in my case and explained everything to me with details. He DID NOT change me a penny for the consultation, and it was a long call too. He responded to all my questions and even gave me some tips on how to proceed. I really appreciate that he took the time to listen to my concerns and guide me through this difficult times. He was unable to help me further because of documents that I signed when i first started my job, but I am pretty sure he would've if the circumstances were different. thanks for your help Mr Atkenson!!!" 5-Star Google Review

Potential Damages In a Workplace Discrimination Case

Employees who suffer discrimination in Dallas can potentially receive financial compensation for their mistreatment. Calculating damages in employment law cases can be complicated, which is why we recommend working with an employment discrimination lawyer like Dan A. Atkerson. Depending on the details of your case, you could stand to receive multiple forms of compensation, including:

Financial Losses

If you are the victim of discrimination, there's a good chance that the discriminatory behavior prevented you from earning the income you truly deserve based on your position, skills, and experience. This sort of unfair treatment can be particularly egregious when some employees are paid more or less than other employees in the same role. Through a workplace discrimination lawsuit, you can potentially receive the money you should have been paid all along.

Intangible Damages

Employment discrimination doesn't only affect your wallet; discriminatory behavior can lead to intense and lasting emotional distress and mental anguish. While these damages can be hard to quantify, it is possible for an employment discrimination lawyer like Dan A. Atkerson to build a persuasive case that compels your employer to compensate you for your hardship.

Punitive Damages

In rare cases of particularly flagrant discrimination, a court can require an employer to pay punitive damages to the wronged employee. Punitive damages are meant only to punish the employer. Usually, if a discrimination case potentially exposes an organization to punitive damages, the employer will attempt to settle the case before it reaches a trial. Discrimination lawyer DanAtkerson can help you design a legal strategy and recommend whether a pre-trial settlement represents your best possible outcome.

Let's Get Started Dan Atkerson Is Ready to Help Dallas Workers

Workers have a right to earn a living in an environment free of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation against those who report illegal actions by employers. The unfortunate reality is that employment rights violations occur frequently, and these violations aren't easy to prove.

For the majority of his career, Dan Atkerson has been helping workers in Dallas and throughout Texas take a stand when discrimination places an obstacle between them and their livelihood. He can represent you in negotiations or court proceedings in order to substantiate wrongdoing on the part of your employer. With Mr. Atkerson as your attorney, you can collect restitution that will help you maintain your quality of life as you begin a new phase in your career. 

Texas state laws only grant you 180 days from the incident (or incidents) of discrimination. Don't let your opportunity to achieve justice pass you by. Request your case review online or give us a call today:

(214) 383-3606

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"Dan is a professional lawyer who knows his job. He spent considerable amount of time, and was very supportive for my wrongful termination and discrimination case. I was disappointed with my company's bullying and discrimination, his help was a remedy for me."
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Employment Discrimination FAQ

If you are a Dallas worker who believes you have suffered discrimination on the job, we encourage you to book a consultation with Dan Atkerson as soon as possible. Until then, we have provided some answers to frequent questions about discrimination law to help give you a frame of reference:

How long do I have to file a lawsuit?

In Texas, you have 180 days - or about six months - from the date of the incident(s) of harassment in which to bring legal action. The sooner you speak to an attorney, the better.

Aside from my boss, I am the only employee at my job. Can I file a sexual harassment suit, or is my company too small?

Yes, you can. Not long ago, protections to employees in Dallas and throughout Texas were only granted to companies with 15 or more employees, but that changed on September 1, 2021

My co-worker uses racial slurs against me daily. I haven't told administrators yet. Can I bring legal action?

You should first consult your employee handbook (if one exists) and follow the protocol outlined there. If there is no specified process, notify your administrators in a way that can be documented, such as an email. If you make an effort to let the administrators handle the situation, but no changes occur, it's time to reach out to an attorney.

I suffered sexual harassment during a job interview. What should I do?

Obviously, this isn't an instance in which you can turn to a human resources department. If you were subjected to sexual harassment while interviewing for a job, go ahead and reach out to an attorney. Dan Atkerson can discuss your case and help you file a harassment claim through the EEOC.

The best way to get the answers you want and the advice you need following workplace discrimination is to book a consultation.
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Law Offices of Dan A. Atkerson

Dan A. Atkerson has been protecting the rights of North Texas employees for over nearly four decades. He is affiliated with several prestigious legal organizations, including: 

  • The State Bar of Texas
  • The Dallas Bar Association
  • The United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit
  • Texas Supreme Court and all Texas trial and appellate courts
  • Texas federal courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas

Through aggressive, knowledgeable representation, he has helped clients all over the state reach significant verdicts and settlements. To schedule a consultation at our law firm, request an appointment online or call us at (214) 383-3606.

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