Patricia G. Barnes is a nationally-recognized expert on employment discrimination and workplace abuse. She is a licensed attorney, former judge, author, consultant to workers and employers, and the editor of a syndicated employment law blog, When the Abuser Goes to Work. She has been quoted by The New York Times, Bloomberg, Businessweek, VOX, CNBC, Society for Human Resource Management, Bustle, etc. For interviews, speaking engagements, etc., contact Ms. Barnes at barnespatg at gmail.com or (775) 546 0898.


 Her most recent book is OVERCOMING AGE DISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT: AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE FOR WORKERS, ADVOCATES & EMPLOYERS.  This book is an essential resource to help employers avoid costly litigation and needless risk and to retain high-quality workers in an increasingly competitive environment. Older workers will learn to recognize, confront and overcome age discrimination. 

The book follows Ms. Barnes’ groundbreaking  book on age discrimination in employment,  BETRAYED: THE LEGALIZATION OF AGE DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE, which was called a “must read for everyone over 40” by David Godfrey, the senior attorney of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging.

Ms. Barnes argues the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) was weak to begin with and has been eviscerated by the U.S. Supreme Court. Older workers literally are second class citizens under current U.S. law.  Fifty years after the ADEA’s passage, age discrimination remains epidemic, hidden behind terms such as “long-term unemployment” and “early retirement.” And the problem is trickling down to ever younger workers.  Even workers in their 30s experience age discrimination in some industries, such as the high tech industry in Silicon Valley.BetrayedforWeb

Age discrimination is problematic for younger workers but it can be a devastating life-altering catastrophe for older workers. They often are plunged into long-term unemployment, forced to take poorly-paid part-time or temp work, and then forced into early retirement, which can result in poverty or near poverty for the rest of their lives.

The ADEA  was based upon the false premise that age discrimination is different and more acceptable than discrimination based upon race, sex, religion and national origin. However, all discrimination is based on false stereotypes, irrational fear and animus directed toward a discrete group. Yet, age discrimination remains the last form of discrimination that is widely tolerated in American society. Ms. Barnes urges repeal of the ADEA and proposes making age a protected class under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, color and national origin. At least older workers then would have equal rights.


PGB_BookMs. Barnes is the author of  SURVIVING BULLIES, QUEEN BEES & PSYCHOPATHS IN THE WORKPLACE,  the best-selling legal guide to the problem of workplace bullying and abuse in the United States. Workplace bullying costs employers billions each year in higher health care costs, absenteeism and needless turnover. It can poison morale company-wide and is at the core of many race and gender discrimination and harassment complaints. This book helps employers understand, address and prevent workplace bullying and abuse. The book helps workers recognize the problem and take constructive action to save their jobs and avoid potentially serious damage to their mental and physical health. The book has garnered numerous five-star reviews from prominent workplace bullying experts on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. Ms. Barnes is a co-founder of the National Workplace Bullying Coalition.


zenamazonMs. Barnes’ book  TRANSCEND YOUR BOSS: ZEN AND THE DIFFICULT WORKPLACE , advocates the use of Zen theory and the time tested path of meditation to survive in a hostile workplace environment.

Overwhelming research shows that severe stress at work causes mental and physical harm and the longer it continues, the worse the harm. Many victims of workplace abuse and discrimination suffer post-traumatic stress for years afterwards.

Zen theory and meditation offer workers relief from debilitating stress, as well as greater clarity and focus. It helps embattled workers refrain from hitting the send button on an incendiary email that can be used against them by a bullying supervisor. Workers gain time and perspective to address the problem of workplace bullying in a positive and appropriate manner.

This is the first book to propose the use of meditation to survive a difficult workplace.


Ms. Barnes is the editor of two employment law blogs: WHEN THE ABUSER GOES TO WORK at AbuserGoestoWork.com and AGE DISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT at AgeDiscriminationinEmployment.com.

 When the Abuser Goes to Work offers extensive resources to workers and  employers on the topics of  discrimination, bullying and abuse. This blog is syndicated by Newstex,  which provides news and commentary  from the “world’s best authoritative sources.”    Age Discrimination in Employment deals specifically with age discrimination and the systemic inequality of older workers under U.S. law.



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