About Joan Farrell, JD

Joan Farrell, JD
Senior Content Specialist, Legal
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Joan S. Farrell, JD, is a Senior Legal Content Specialist for BLR’s human resources and employment law publications. Ms. Farrell writes extensively on the topics of workplace discrimination, unlawful harassment, retaliation, and reasonable accommodation. She is the editor of the ADA compliance manual—ADA Compliance: Practical Solutions for HR. Before coming to BLR, Ms. Farrell worked as in-house counsel for a multistate employer where she represented management in administrative matters and provided counseling on employment practices.

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, JD

  • EEOC Updates Information on the ADA and COVID-19

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated its technical assistance Q&As, answering additional questions about the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on federal employment laws the agency enforces.

  • EEOC Guidance Covers ADA, Rehabilitation Act, and the Coronavirus


    With the growing concern over coronavirus, last week the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released “What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and the Coronavirus.” The short article notes that the agency’s standard pandemic guidance identifies “relevant established principles and answers questions frequently asked about the workplace during Coronavirus-like events.”

  • New California Law Requires Sexual Harassment Training for all Employees

    Effective January 1, 2019, employers in California with five or more employees (or independent contractors) must provide sexual harassment training to all employees (SB 1343). The deadline for compliance with initial training is January 1, 2020.

  • 6th Circuit Rules Title VII Prohibits Transgender Discrimination

    On March 7, 2108, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—granted summary judgment to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on its claim that a former employee of a funeral home in Michigan was fired from her job because of her transgender status in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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