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Monica H. Khetarpal

Principal
Chicago

P 312-803-2529
F 312-787-4995
Monica.Khetarpal@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Monica H. Khetarpal is a Principal in the Chicago, Illinois, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her litigation experience includes cases involving claims for discrimination, harassment, wage and hour violations, FMLA violations, disability discrimination and requests for accommodation in both single plaintiff and class action matters. She regularly handles matters at all levels, from administrative agencies to appeals in both state and federal courts.

Ms. Khetarpal focuses a significant portion of her practice on representing higher education clients and serves as co-lead of Jackson Lewis' Higher Education Industry Group. She has experience defending denial of tenure cases, providing advice and counsel regarding high profile faculty and student matters, revising strategic policies and procedures, and conducting internal investigations. She has expertise in managing the student, faculty and media issues unique to the higher education setting.

Ms. Khetarpal is the founder of the Chicago office’s Higher Education Group. The group focuses on solving workplace law and other civil rights challenges facing higher education institutions. It represents both public and private universities in a range of matters including tenure cases, Title IX claims, strategic investigations, student claims, constitutional and state statutory issues and traditional labor matters.       

Ms. Khetarpal also serves as the Chicago office’s e-discovery liaison. She has specialized training and experience regarding the preservation, collection, review and production of electronically stored information. She counsels the firm’s attorneys in navigating the constantly-evolving standards imposed by courts regarding a wide variety of e-discovery related issues.

Ms. Khetarpal also devotes a significant amount of time to encouraging diversity within the legal profession. She is a Co-Chair of Jackson Lewis’ Asian American Resource Group. She has also served on the Board of the Indian American Bar Association of Chicago and the Diversity Scholarship Foundation’s Unity Dinner planning committee in 2014 and 2015. Ms. Khetarpal also frequently speaks on topics related to women in the law and successful work-life balance.

Ms. Khetarpal has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2010.

Honors and Recognitions

Published Works

  • “Survey of Illinois Law: Employment Law,” Southern Illinois University Law Journal (Summer 2006) [Co-Author]
  • “Jurors’ Perceptions of Gender-Based Linguistic Differences,” William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law (Fall 2003) [Author]

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Jackson Lewis Publishes Q3 Diversity and Inclusion Committee Newsletter

December 1, 2017

Please enjoy our Diversity and Inclusion Committee Newsletter for the third quarter of 2017.  This edition includes personal, diversity-focused messages from our Chairman, Board of Directors liaison, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair and Diversity Committee Manager, and highlights diversity-related achievements, activities,... Read More

November 20, 2017
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Monica Khetarpal and Michelle Phillips Discuss Implications of Employers Firing Over Sex-Linked Conditions

November 20, 2017

Monica Khetarpal and Michelle Phillips discuss Title VII protections and implications of firing employees over conditions affecting only one sex in "Firing Over a Sex-Linked Condition: Is It Discrimination?" published by Bloomberg BNA. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

August 31, 2017
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Jackson Lewis’ Collegiate Sports and Higher Education Practice Groups Offer Customized Training Programs to Satisfy the NCAA’s New Sexual Assault Training Policy

August 31, 2017

The NCAA Board of Governors has released a new policy governing institutional obligations to educate student-athletes and staff on sexual violence response and prevention. Under the new policy, all colleges and universities must conduct annual education and training for student-athletes and athletics department employees. The NCAA is... Read More

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Education Department Rescinds Obama-Era Guidance on Campus Sexual Assault Investigations, Issues Interim Guidance

September 22, 2017

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on September 22, 2017, released Title IX interim guidance, while rescinding Obama-era policies, for handling sexual assault cases on college campuses. Specifically, the Department of Education withdrew the “statements of policy and guidance” contained within the April 4, 2011, “Dear Colleague Letter... Read More

August 23, 2017

Grad-Student Unions One Year after Columbia University: More to Come or a Thing of the Past?

August 23, 2017

In August 2016, the National Labor Relations Board reversed longstanding precedent and ruled that students “who have a common-law employment relationship with their university are statutory employees under the [National Labor Relations] Act.” Columbia University, 364 NLRB No. 90 (Aug. 23, 2016). A year later, with President Donald Trump... Read More

August 16, 2017

Affirmative Action in College Admissions to Become a Justice Department Priority?

August 16, 2017

The Trump Administration is preparing to focus on affirmative action in college admissions, according to The New York Times, which reportedly obtained an internal announcement to the Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division (CRD). The announcement, The Times said, directs the Division to redirect resources to investigate and... Read More

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Title IX Sexual Misconduct – Comprehensive Webinar Series

November 2, 2016 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

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Title IX Sexual Misconduct – Comprehensive Webinar Series

October 19, 2016 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

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Title IX Sexual Misconduct – Comprehensive Webinar Series

October 5, 2016 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

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Campus Sexual Assault Investigations Need Greater Fairness for All Parties, Trial Lawyers Group Says
April 24, 2017

The American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) has released a White Paper on Campus Sexual Assault Investigations aimed at improving the process employed by universities to address campus sexual assaults. Concerns over sexual assaults on college campuses had prompted the U.S. Read More