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.
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.
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.
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.
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay that puts a stop--at least temporarily--to same-sex marriage in Utah until the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals makes a decision on the merits of an appeal filed by the state's attorney general.
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