Joseph B. Farrell

  • Partner
  • Ejoe.farrell@lw.com
  • 355 South Grand Avenue, Suite 100
  • Los Angeles, CA 90071-1560
  • USA
  • T +1.213.891.7944
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Profile

Joe Farrell is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins. His litigation practice focuses on employment law litigation and counseling. Mr. Farrell provides employment law advice to and represents employers in litigation in the following industries:

  • Automobile
  • Biotech
  • Finance
  • Food services
  • Garment
  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Utilities

In addition, Mr. Farrell also provides legal advice to not-for-profit organizations.

Mr. Farrell writes on a variety of employment law topics. He is the Contributing Editor for the Rutter Group’s California Practice Guide, Employment Litigation, Age Discrimination chapter. He is co-author of Age Discrimination, A Guide For California Employers and Age Discrimination Claims: A Growing Problem for Employers. He has also assisted in drafting chapters in B. Lindemann & D. Kadue, Sexual Harassment in Employment Law, and P. Grossman and B. Lindemann, Employment Discrimination Law, concerning responding to internal complaints of sexual harassment and class action employment discrimination litigation, respectively.

Mr. Farrell also teaches Employment Law as an adjunct professor at USC Gould School of Law.

Experience

Mr. Farrell has trial experience in employment and commercial litigation. He has defended employers in the areas of discrimination, wage and hour claims, wrongful discharge claims and sexual harassment. He assists employers with executive employment agreements, employment and wage policies and counsels them on a wide range of employment-related issues.

Mr. Farrell’s experience includes defending:

  • Finance company in a race discrimination class action
  • National healthcare organization in an ERISA class action
  • Public utility in a race discrimination class action
  • Restaurant chain in a public accommodation race discrimination class action
  • Retailers and restaurants in wage and hour class actions

 

Thought Leadership

  • PE Views: Insights on the World of Private Equity -  March 16, 2021
  • 10 Q&As on D.C.'s Non-Compete Ban -  March 15, 2021
  • Organisational Culture and Conduct -  January 20, 2021
  • Return to Work: Preparing for the Future Amid COVID-19 -  July 20, 2020
  • Comprehensive Overview of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act -  April 20, 2020
  • FFCRA Leave -  April 20, 2020
  • US Employment Considerations During the COVID-19 Pandemic -  April 17, 2020
  • US Emergency Paid Leave Act: New Relief to Mitigate COVID-19’s Economic Impact -  March 19, 2020
  • US Emergency Paid Leave Bill: New Relief To Mitigate COVID-19’s Economic Impact -  March 17, 2020
  • Washington State's Noncompetition Law: What Employers Need to Know -  October 02, 2019
  • Overtime Rules: US Labor Department Issues Final Rule Hiking Salary Threshold for Exempt Employees -  September 27, 2019
  • Overtime Rules: US Labor Department Proposes Hiking Salary Threshold for Exempt Employees -  March 12, 2019
  • California Adopts Bills Addressing Sexual Harassment Disclosures in Job References and Paid Family Leave -  July 16, 2018
  • A Win for Employers: US Supreme Court Rules Class Waivers Are Lawful -  May 24, 2018
  • Is a Worker an Independent Contractor or an Employee? 5 Precautions for California Employers -  May 10, 2018
  • Employers Face New Hiring Requirements as California “Bans the Box” -  October 23, 2017
  • California Bans Employers from Seeking Salary History of Applicants  -  October 16, 2017
  • California Expands Parental Leave to Smaller Businesses -  October 16, 2017
  • California Seeks to Restrict ICE Workplace Raids -  October 09, 2017
  • Federal Court Blocks Department of Labor Regulations that Would Increase Exempt Employee Minimum Salaries -  November 23, 2016
  • Practical Steps for Employers Responding to the EEOC’s Final Rules on Employee Wellness Programs -  June 07, 2016
  • Sitting on the Job: When California Employers Must Provide Seats  -  April 13, 2016
  • How to Prepare for the New California Fair Pay Act -  October 07, 2015
  • 4 Key Lessons from Integrity Staffing Solutions v. Busk -  December 17, 2014
  • Employees May Use Company Email to Support Unions -  December 15, 2014
  • California Employees may Waive Right to Arbitrate on Behalf of a Class, but not PAGA Claims -  June 30, 2014
  • California Limits Employer Access to Employee/Applicant Social Media -  October 10, 2012
  • California Supreme Court Clarifies Meal and Rest Break Rules -  April 13, 2012
  • The Working World, Issue 12, August 2011 -  August 16, 2011
  • California Supreme Court Rules That California’s Overtime Rules Apply to Out of State Employees Performing Work in California for California Employers -  July 7, 2011
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes: US Supreme Court Toughens the Requirements For Certification of Employment Discrimination Class Actions -  June 29, 2011
  • New Rewards for Whistleblowers, New Risks for Public Companies -  August 10, 2010
  • New US Act Prohibits Discrimination by Group Health Plans, Health Insurance Issuers and Employers Based on Genetic Information -  May 27, 2008
  • Analysis of the LaRue US Supreme Court Decision -  March 4, 2008
  • NLRB Sets Precedent on Employee Use of Company E-mail -  January 22, 2008
Bar Qualification
  • California
Education
  • JD, Villanova University School of Law, 1988
  • BA, Penn State University, 1985
Industries
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
Practices
  • Litigation & Trial Practice
  • Executive Compensation, Employment & Benefits
  • Complex Commercial Litigation