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

  • 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

  • Preparing for summer hiring—Don’t forget harassment prevention training

    Hiring teenage workers for summer jobs can be beneficial for both employers and employees. Along with learning the skills needed to do the job, young workers need to learn what kind of conduct is appropriate—and inappropriate—in the workplace.


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