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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

  • Religious accommodation in the workplace: What’s required of employers?

    Most employers know that they’re required to provide religious accommodation if requested by an applicant or employee. But what kind of religious accommodation is actually required to comply with the law and avoid religious discrimination complaints?

  • Court strikes down Texas same-sex marriage ban

    A federal district court in Texas ruled yesterday that the state's ban on same-sex marriage conflicts with the guarantees of due process and equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

  • Virginia same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, rules court

    Yesterday, a federal district court in Virginia ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The decision is the latest in a series of federal court rulings striking down state laws and voter-approved constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage.

  • Employer alert: Under GINA, family medical history is genetic information

    The federal Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) expressly prohibits employers from asking about genetic information, including family medical history. And an alleged violation of that provision was the basis of the EEOC’s first lawsuit claiming systemic discrimination in violation of GINA.


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