Patricia G. Barnes, J.D.
I am a licensed attorney (PA only), former judge, author and public speaker. I also serve as a consultant and provide anti-harassment training to employers seeking to foster a healthy workplace through education of managers and employees. I advise employers and employees who are dealing with workplace bullying and discrimination. For more information, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I recently completed a groundbreaking new book on age discrimination in employment called Betrayed: The Legalization of Age Discrimination in the Workplace. The book was hailed as “well researched and well written” in a review by David Godfrey, senior attorney for The ABA Commission on Law and Aging.
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 the 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 workers in their 40s and 50s, who are otherwise considered young. Even workers in their 30s experience age discrimination in certain fields, such as high-tech work 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 forced into early retirement, which will result in reduction of at least 25 percent in their Social Security benefits for the rest of their lives.
The ADEA is based upon the false theory that age discrimination is somehow more acceptable than discrimination based upon race, sex, religion and national origin. All discrimination is the result of false stereotypes and 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. The book urges repeal of the ADEA and adding age as 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.
Workplace Bullying & Abuse
I am also 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. T he book has been called an invaluable tool for employers and Human Resource professionals who wish to avoid the potentially catastrophic risk that results from bullying, which is at the core of many sexual harassment and race or sex discrimination complaints. Employers can learn how to prevent and address workplace bullying and abuse. Te book also helps workers recognize and address the problem, potentially saving jobs and avoiding 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. It is available both as an e-book and in paperback.
My book Transcend Your Boss: Zen and the Difficult Workplace (2013) provides targets of workplace discrimination and abuse a path to survive in a hostile workplace environment long enough to effectively address the problem. Workplace abuse debilitate a worker in a surprisingly short amount of time, causing potentially severe physical and mental health damage. Zen theory and practices offer a proven way of dealing with workplace stress.
Employment Law Blogs: AbuserGoestoWork.com and AgeDiscriminationinEmployment.com.
I created and edit two blogs on employment discrimination, workplace abuse and bullying. The first, When the Abuser Goes to Work, offers extensive resources for employers and workers 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.” More recently, I have begun a blog called, Age Discrimination in Employment. that deals specifically with the systemic inequality of older workers under federal law
- Author, Age Discrimination and Elder Poverty, ChangingAging with 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. “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, coauthor 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.
- My book, Betrayed: The Legalization of Age Discrimination in the Workplace, was cited in an article by A Study of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, in the November/December 2014 issue of the American Bar Association’s GP Solo entitled,
- Co-founder, National Workplace Bullying Coalition (2014).
- 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.
- I am 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, I edited Domestic Violence: From a Private Matter to a Federal Offense. I have written about legal issues for several national publications, including The ABA Journal and Salon.