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Pat_Photo.3.14Patricia G. Barnes, J.D. is a nationally-recognized expert on employment discrimination and workplace abuse.  She has been quoted in articles appearing in The New York Times, Bloomberg Labor Report, VOX, CNBC News, AARP, Businessweek, Fast Company, VOX, Bustle, Society for Human Resource Management, etc. She is a licensed attorney, former judge, author, consultant to workers and employers. She is the editor of When the Abuser Goes to Work, a syndicated employment law blog, and Age Discrimination in Employment. For speaking engagements, interviews, trainings or consultation, 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 helps older workers recognize, confront and overcome age discrimination in employment. For employers, Overcoming Age Discrimination in Employment is an essential resource to avoid needless turnover and the risk of costly litigation.  

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

Betrayed: The Legalization of Age Discrimination in the Workplace is a groundbreaking book that analyzes the legal inequality of older workers; the lack of enforcement of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and the ruinous impact of age discrimination on millions of older workers during and since the Great Recession.

Ms. Barnes argues 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 in employment remains epidemic in the United States, hidden behind such terms as “long-term unemployment” and “early retirement.” And the problem is trickling down to  ever younger workers. Eeven workers in their 30s experience age discrimination, including those in the high tech industry in Silicon Valley!

Age discrimination is problematic for younger workers but 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 lead to poverty or near poverty for the rest of their lives.

The ADEA  was based upon the false premise that age discrimination is different from and more acceptable than discrimination based upon race, sex, religion and national origin. However, all discrimination is rooted in false stereotypes, irrational fear and animus directed toward a discrete group. Yet,  age discrimination continues to be 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 and national origin. At least workers then would have equal rights.


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, personnel turnover and needless litigation. It can poison morale company-wide and is at the core of many race and gender discrimination/harassment complaints. This book helps employers understand, address and prevent workplace bullying and abuse. Workers will learn how 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 Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. Ms. Barnes is a co-founder of the National Workplace Bullying Coalition.


Ms. Barnes’ book  TRANSCEND YOUR BOSS: ZEN AND THE DIFFICULT WORKPLACE , provides targets of workplace abuse with a time-tested path to survive in a hostile environment, at least long enough to constructively address the problem.  Overwhelming research shows that severe stress at work causes mental and physical harm. The longer it continues, the worse the harm. Many victims of workplace abuse suffer post-traumatic stress for years afterwards. Zen theory and meditation offer relief from debilitating stress by providing clarity and focus. It helps abuse victims refrain from hitting the send button on an incendiary email that can be used against them. Workers gain time and perspective to address the problem of workplace bullying in a positive and appropriate manner.


Ms. Barnes is the editor of two employment law blogs: WHEN THE ABUSER GOES TO WORK at www.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 in employment and the systemic inequality of older workers under U.S. law.


  • Quoted by Business Insurance, Age bias cases may be headed to Supreme Court, by Judy Greenwald (May 8, 2018).
  • Quoted by BloombergQuint, Why Middle-Aged Accountants are Suing PwC Over Campus Recruiting, by Robert Burnson (March 16, 2018).
  • Quoted by Society for Human Resource Management, Viewpoint: How to Steer Clear of Ageism in the Workplace, by Kathy Gurchiek, 3/05/2018.
  • Quoted by OZY.com, Are Hashtags Changing Perspectives on Workplace Harassment?, by Olivia Miltner, Jan. 22, 2018.
  • Quoted by USA Today,Are you a good person? Morality experts say this is how to find out, by Alia E. Dastagir (12/26/2017).
  • Quoted by AARP, Age Discrimination Law Turns 50, by Kenneth Terrell, 12/14/2017.
  • Quoted by The Columbus Dispatch, Magistrate Allows Ohio State Age Discrimination Lawsuit to Move Forward,  by Earl Rinehart, 12/10/2017.
  • Quoted by Bloomberg Law Daily Labor Report, Older Workers Need Reassurance Against Age Bias, by Martin Berman-Gorvine, 6/14/17.  (Behind a pay wall).
  • Quoted by CNBC.com, Fighting to stay competitive, more men turn to Botox, by Bob Sullivan, 5/22/17.
  • Quoted by Society for Human Resource Management, Could College Recruitment Programs Be Considered Unlawful? by Roy Mauer. 5/11/17.
  • Quoted by Bustle, Why Women Hesitate to Report Men Like Bill O’Reilly, by Elizabeth Strassner. 4/20/2017.
  • Guest, 680 CJOB Radio Winnipeg, a Canadian news/talk radio station that broadcasts throughout the province, into Saskatchewan and south into the Dakotas and Minnesota. Topic: Bill O’Reilly and sexual harassment. 4/19/17.
  • Quoted by USA Today, In the era of Bill O’Reilly, Have we grown indifferent to sexual harassment? by Alia E. Dastagir. 4/7/2017.
  • Quoted by Society for Human Resource Management,  Job Sites Respond to Age Discrimination Claims, by Roy Maurer. 4/20/17.
  • Quoted by Bloomberg Law Daily Labor Report, R.J. Reynolds Applicant Seeks Justices’ Review of Age Bias Claims, by Patrick Dorrian, 3/6/2017.
  • Quoted by Bloomberg Daily Labor Report & Bloomberg Law, Talkin/ ‘Bout All Generations: Workplace Age Diversity Lacking, by Patrick Dorrian, 11/28/2016.
  • Quoted by Project Management, Project Managers and Workplace Bullying: Are You Willing To Risk Everything? by Paul Pelletier, 8/23/16.
  • Quoted by VOX, Megyn Kelly, Gretchen Carlson’s Sex harassment claims could oust Roger Ailes from Fox News, by Emily Crockett, 7/19/16.  Also quoted by VOX in Why one harassment allegation against powerful men like Roger Ailes often leads to many more, by Emily Crockett, 7/8/16.
  • Quoted by NBCnews.com, “For Older Workers, Getting a New Job can be a Gamble,” by Bob Sullivan (July 10, 2016).
  • Quoted by Fastcompany.com, Five Common Workplace Bullies (And Hos to Deal with Them), 5/16/16.
  • Quoted by New York Times, Trying to Make a Case for Age Discrimination, by Elizabeth Olson, Business Section, March 18, 2016.
  • Review by David M. Godfrey, senior attorney at the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, of my book, Betrayed: The Legalization of Age Discrimination in the Workplace. “Well-researched and well-written … Well worth the read.”
  • 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.
  • Cited in Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over by Caroline Fredrickson (2015).
  • 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.
  • Quoted by 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, co-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).
  • Quoted by 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 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.
  • For something completely different, read Ms. Barnes’ book on book dedications called Tender, Tawdry & Timeless Book Dedications (2015).


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