About Joan Farrell

Joan Farrell
JD, Senior Legal Editor
Phone: 860.510.0100

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Joan S. Farrell, JD, is a Senior Legal Editor for BLR’s human resources and employment law publications. Ms. Farrell has over 10 years’ combined experience in employment law and human resources management. She worked as in-house counsel for an employer that had subsidiaries in several states. Her experience includes representing management in administrative matters and discrimination claims, and providing counseling on employment practices. Ms. Farrell received her law degree from Pace University School of Law.

Interview: See Joan’s interview with the Illinois State Register-Journal on social media and sexual harassment.

Video: Watch Joan's recent video on the ADA and employee discipline.

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Recent articles by Joan Farrell

  • What to do when an employee's religious beliefs conflict with job duties

    Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision requiring all states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Kim Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky, made national news when she refused to issue licenses, claiming that same-sex marriage violates her religious beliefs. While the Davis scenario attracted more attention than most employee requests for religious accommodation, it’s worth taking a look at what’s required by employers when an employee requests an accommodation for religious beliefs.

  • The ability to handle stress—An essential job function?

    In a recent 9th Circuit case of disability discrimination, brought by an employee who was fired after making death threats against coworkers, the court pointed out that the ability to appropriately handle stress and interact with others is an essential function of almost every job

  • The sting of stereotypes and how it can put the bite on employers

    Stereotypes run across the spectrum of characteristics. For employers, the effect of each employee’s biases and preconceived notions can lead to a raft of workplace problems. Employers can increase awareness of how stereotyping can affect decision-making and performance evaluations. Here are some steps employers can take.

  • Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage

    Today in an historic decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled (5-4) that the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution requires states to license same-sex marriages and to recognize a same-sex marriage that is legally entered into in another jurisdiction


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