Monica E. Peck Partner
Monica E. Peck chairs Schenck, Price, Smith & King’s School Law Practice Group and is a member of the Firm’s Labor and Employment and Health Care Practice Groups. For more than 30 years, Ms. Peck has provided legal counsel directly to federal and state agencies, private institutional and business clients, as well as to large and small public entities. She regularly handles federal and State regulatory compliance and discrimination investigations and performs internal investigations regarding misconduct. Ms. Peck also serves clients by providing proactive professional development. She is known throughout the State as an extremely knowledgeable attorney regarding disability rights of both employees and students.
Ms. Peck is a respected adviser entrusted with protecting her clients’ reputations and economic viability. For example, she secured a voluntary resignation after investigating an employee who falsely represented that another’s work product was her own. Resignation of another employee was obtained following charges of embezzlement and related cover-up by a coworker. In addition, Ms. Peck secured a voluntary resignation and license forfeiture from an employee charged with sexual misconduct that occurred more than two decades earlier. She also secured a favorable result in a 3-year federal investigation of 12 charges of institutional racism in employment and student practices.
Recently Ms. Peck successfully represented a public college in federal investigations related to claims of disability discrimination and age discrimination. She also investigated an employee’s charge of racism by a co-worker against a student.
In addition, Ms. Peck’s background includes negotiating both collective and individual bargaining contracts. She has successfully negotiated contracts with licensed professionals including physicians, architects and consultants. Further, Ms. Peck has represented clients negotiating lease-purchase agreements for office equipment, purchase contracts for Information Technology (IT), commercial product licensing agreements, and beta testing contracts.
Areas of Concentration
Workplace and disability rights including discrimination, special education and reasonable accommodations; commercial and public sector contracting; Section 504/ADA; Title IX; LAD and Title VII compliance issues; health care compliance issues; affirmative action; employment issues, institutional operational issues such as governance, by-laws, policy, nondiscrimination obligations; licensing; regulatory compliance; employee misconduct investigations; sexual harassment investigations, and employment counseling for private and public sector management.
- Represents clients before the United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights
- Represented the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Resolution Trust Company
- Represented large cable television and casino industry clients before State and federal agencies and courts
- Represents commercial businesses and public sector clients in lease, purchase and sale negotiations, and before various public agencies
- Represented private client in acquisition of large urban housing complex before the United States Housing and Urban Development Agency
- Represented individuals before the New Jersey School Ethics Commission
- Represented commercial business client before the American Arbitration Association
- Represented Health & Beauty Products business/licensors in negotiations with key industry licensees
- Successfully secured (pre-litigation) the resignation of tenured teacher charged with giving student public congratulatory kiss on her ear. Investigation revealed multiple unrelated victims spanning several years.
- Successfully defended college against disability discrimination charged by adult student regarding dismissal due to excessive absences
- Successfully defended school district in federal investigation regarding accommodations provided to deaf student athlete
- Successfully resolved high school student’s demand for reinstatement after student was deemed Meghan's Law offender related to abuse of very young children
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