From 1991 until 2004, Bob held several positions in the Employment Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he investigated, litigated and tried a wide variety of cases under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This included claims of employment discrimination on the basis of sex, race, national origin and religion under both disparate treatment and disparate impact theories, as well as retaliation.
At MBG, Bob continues to represent plaintiffs in civil rights and other public interest litigation. He represented a local NAACP chapter alleging racial discrimination against African-Americans in promotions within the Jacksonville, Florida Fire Department. He represented several community organizations alleging that the system of the Office of the Assessor of Cook County, Illinois for valuing residential property unlawfully discriminated against racial minorities. He represented a group of African-American and Latino residents of an Illinois city alleging violations of their First Amendment right to protest the city’s police department for racially discriminatory enforcement of a local ordinance. He represented a putative class of African-American laborers alleging that a staffing agency refused to assign them work based on race. He represented a group of African–American construction workers who were subjected to egregious racial harassment by their employer. And he has represented many women who were subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace.
Bob also represents and counsels individuals in contract negotiations in various sectors of the work force, including a specialty in representing rabbis and cantors in Jewish reform and reconstructionist synagogues.