Jovita Foster is an accomplished litigator working with small- to medium-sized businesses, public utilities, and Fortune 100 and 500 companies in all facets of employment and labor law.
In state and federal jurisdictions and in front of the Appeals Tribunal, Jovita defends employers and managers in disputes involving claims of discrimination, retaliation, violations of public policy, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, and unemployment appeals. She successfully defends employers and managers in arbitration. Jovita also represents broker-dealers in arbitrations before FINRA involving employment-related claims such as wrongful termination, executive compensation, trade secret, non-compete, and defamation claims arising out of Form U-4 and U-5 reports.
An authority in employment law policies and best practices, Jovita counsels in alleviating the challenges employers face within the human resources arena. She drafts and updates EEO, anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies and writes, speaks, and trains regarding employment discrimination and sexual harassment issues.
Jovita is a diversity builder at Armstrong Teasdale and within the community as a whole. She serves as a board member for the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, and she has been recognized by Sister Salute, an organization that celebrates women of color. Jovita has also been recognized in Who's Who in Black America and as a "Rising Star" by Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers consecutively since 2008. She served a five-year term on the Missouri Credit Union Commission, having been appointed in 2005 by then Governor Matt Blunt.
As chair of the Diversity Committee, Jovita understands that an inclusive environment is not only the right thing to do, but makes excellent business sense. By actively hiring, developing, retaining, and advancing the best attorneys and staff from a wide range of backgrounds, she helps to ensure an improved scope in legal advice.