Jen Bester, Esq., came to EPS in 2007 with over 10 years of experience as a labor and employment lawyer. As an EPS Consultant, Jen continues to assist employers with human resource compliance concerns. Jen partners with management and human resources to deliver training, provide investigations of employee complaints, and to offer her expertise in the area of employment practices.
Prior to joining EPS, Jen practiced exclusively in the area of labor and employment law with Bogle & Gates in Seattle, and Morgan Lewis in Washington, D.C. She defended corporate clients against employment-related claims before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate a disability, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, breach of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, and various state torts, among others. In her litigation practice, she conducted dozens of workplace investigations into allegations of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. She also regularly advised corporate clients on human resources “best practices,” counseling employers on compliance with the broad array of labor and employment laws, including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, National Labor Relations Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. She drafted employee handbooks and employment-related agreements, including executive employment agreements and severance agreements. Jen also delivered numerous presentations and training sessions on the ADA, FMLA, and other employment law compliance issues.
Following her association with Morgan Lewis, Jen rounded out her labor law experience by serving as senior counsel to various Members of the National Labor Relations Board. In this capacity, she advised the Members about the cases on appeal to the Board, made recommendations regarding case disposition, and drafted Board decisions and orders.
Jen received her undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Hamilton College and her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.