Patricia G. Barnes, J.D. is a nationally-recognized expert on age 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. For speaking engagements, interviews or to inquire about training programs, contact Ms. Barnes at barnespatg at gmail.com or (775) 546 0898.
AGE DISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT
Her most recent book is OVERCOMING AGE DISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT: AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE FOR WORKERS, ADVOCATES & EMPLOYERS. This book helps older workers recognize, confront and overcome age discrimination in employment. For employers, Overcoming Age Discrimination in Employment is an essential resource to help avoid costly litigation and needless risk, as well as to retain high-quality workers in an increasingly competitive environment.
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 in both books that 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. Almost 50 years after the ADEA’s passage, age discrimination remains epidemic in the United States, hidden behind terms such as “long-term unemployment” and “early retirement.” And the problem is trickling down to ever younger workers in their 40s and 50s.. Even workers in their 30s experience age discrimination in certain industries, including the high tech industry in Silicon Valley.
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 results in poverty or near poverty for the rest of their lives.
The ADEA was based upon the false premise that age discrimination is somehow more acceptable than discrimination based upon race, sex, religion and national origin. However, age discrimination is no different from any other type of discrimination. All discrimination is the result of false stereotypes, fear and animus directed toward a discrete group. Despite this, age discrimination remains the one form of discrimination that is widely tolerated in American society. In her books, Ms. Barnes urges repeal of the ADEA and 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 and national origin. At least workers then would have equal rights.
WORKPLACE BULLYING AND ABUSE
Ms. 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 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.
COPING IN A DIFFICULT WORKPLACE
Ms. Barnes’ book TRANSCEND YOUR BOSS: ZEN AND THE DIFFICULT WORKPLACE , provides targets of employment discrimination, bullying and abuse with a time tested path to survive in a hostile workplace environment, at least long enough to effectively address the problem. 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 them 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 was the FIRST book advocating the use of meditation in the workplace. (Don’t be fooled by imitators!)
EMPLOYMENT LAW BLOGS
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.
SELECTED ARTICLES, ETC.
- Quoted in New York Times article, Trying to Make a Case for Age Discrimination, by Elizabeth Olson, Business Section, March 18, 2016.
- Author, Age Discrimination and Elder Poverty, ChangingAging , the blog of Dr. Bill Thomas, April 30, 2015.
- Author, An Epidemic of Age Discrimination, Aging Today, American Society on Aging, 1/21/15.
- Author, Prescription for an Impoverished Retirement, International Federation on Aging, 11/6/14.
- Author, “Second Class Citizenship for Older Workers,” Today’s Workplace, 10/22/14.
- Interview, Fast Company article on sexual harassment, Why Sexual Harassment Is Still An Issue And Why So Many Get Away With It, by Gwen Morgan. (6/25/14).
- I am honored that Dr. Alan A. Cavaiolo, c0-author of Toxic Coworkers (2000), recommended my book, Surviving Bullies, Queen Bees & Psychopaths in the Workplace, in his article, Welcome to the 18th Century, which appeared on Psychology Today’s web page, May 2014.
- Co-founder, National Workplace Bullying Coalition (2014) and moderator at the Coalition’s first conference at Rutger’s University, New Jersey.
- Author, Workplace Bullying: When the Abuser Goes to Work, Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly, edited by Mo Therese Hannah, Ph.D. (Vol. 6 #2,Fall 2013).
- Interview, Bloomberg Businessweek, Field Guide to Office Bullies, 11/21/12.
- Contributor, Back Off! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying @ Work, an excellent book by co-authors Catherine Mattice and E.G. Sebastian (7/ 2012).
- Author, Workplace Bullying: When the Abuser Goes to Work, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE REPORT, a leading national resource for scholars and advocates in the field of domestic violence. (4/5/11)
- Co-author (with NV State Senator Richard “Tick” Segerblom), article on workplace bullying, COMMUNIQUÉ, the official journal of the Clark County Bar Association, Las Vegas (5/11). Sen. Segerblom has proposed workplace anti-bullying legislation in Nevada.
- She is also the author of a recent book on book dedications called Tender, Tawdry & Timeless Book Dedications (2015); two books for CQ Press: CQ’s Desk Reference on American Criminal Justice and CQ’s Desk Reference on the American Courts ; and, editor of Domestic Violence: From a Private Matter to a Federal Offense. She is a past contributor to The ABA Journal and has written articles for many national publications, including Salon, Newsweek and The National Law Journal.