Robert (“Bob”) Bettac represents management in labor and employment-related disputes and litigation before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. He has considerable experience in the trial of a wide array of employment-related claims, including employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, wage and hour, and employment contract disputes. Bob regularly represents employers before the National Labor Relations Board and assists and advises them with respect to union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining, grievance arbitration, and unfair labor practice charges. Bob has practiced labor and employment law in San Antonio since 1979, representing both private and governmental employers. He has considerable experience on the practical side of employee relations, having held management positions in personnel and labor relations for five years before becoming an attorney. His firsthand experience in the workplace, coupled with his knowledge of how employers’ actions are perceived in court, render him specially qualified to advise and assist management with creative solutions to employment disputes.Bob also regularly advises government contractors on the prevailing wage and fringe benefit requirements applicable to construction (Davis-Bacon Act) and service (Service Contract Act) work for the federal government. Additionally, he represents clients in cases before the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Experience — The majority of Bob’s practice is devoted to defending public and private employers in courts around the state and in private arbitration. He has won verdicts for employers in dozens of discrimination lawsuits, with claims ranging from sexual harassment, to retaliation, to all forms of discrimination. Bob has argued cases in the state and federal appellate courts as well. Bob has represented employers in both class and collective actions. His class action experience includes defending a national automotive parts supplier against multiple sex discrimination claims. He has successfully defended a major city, a large government service contractor, and a national consumer service provider against collective actions brought pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Despite his extensive trial experience, Bob believes that the first duty of any employment lawyer is to help the client stay out of court if possible. He provides practical guidance on a daily basis on how clients can achieve their business goals without unnecessarily exposing themselves to employment litigation.