Patricia G. Barnes


Patricia G. Barnes is a nationally-recognized expert on employment discrimination and workplace abuse. She is a licensed attorney, former judge, author, consultant to employers and workers, and the editor of a syndicated employment law blog. For interviews or speaking engagements contact her at barnespatg at or (520) 328-9768).


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

The book follows Ms. Barnes’ groundbreaking  book, 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 U.S. law, with far less protection than individuals who are subject to discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion or national origin.  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 has trickled 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 results 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 other types of illegal discrimination. This is incorrect. All discrimination stems from false stereotypes, fear and animus directed toward a discrete group. Yet, age discrimination remains the one form of discrimination that is widely tolerated in American society.  Ms. Barnes urges repeal of the ADEA and advocates 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.


PGB_BookMs. Barnes is the author of the best-selling legal guide to the problem of workplace bullying and abuse in the United States  SURVIVING BULLIES, QUEEN BEES & PSYCHOPATHS IN THE WORKPLACE. Workplace bullying costs employers billions each year in higher health care costs, absenteeism and needless turnover. It poisons 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. Workers will learn to 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 and Ms. Barnes is a co-founder of the National Workplace Bullying Coalition.


zenamazonMs. 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!)


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

 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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