Patricia G. Barnes is a nationally-recognized expert on employment discrimination and workplace abuse. She is an attorney, former judge, author, expert witness and consultant to workers and employers.

She has been widely quoted by national media, including The New York Times, Bloomberg Labor Report, VOX, CNBC News, AARP, Businessweek, Fast Company, VOX, Bustle, Society for Human Resource Management, etc.

Ms. Barnes is  also the editor of the blog,  Age Discrimination in Employment
which chronicles the systemic inequality of older workers under U.S. law.

For speaking engagements, interviews, trainings or consultation, contact Ms. Barnes at barnespatg @ gmail.com.



SURVIVING BULLIES, QUEEN BEES & PSYCHOPATHS IN THE WORKPLACE is 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 health care costs, absenteeism and turnover. It is like a cancer that poisons morale 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 Amazon.com . Ms. Barnes is a co-founder of the National Workplace Bullying Coalition.


TRANSCEND YOUR BOSS: ZEN AND THE DIFFICULT WORKPLACE , provides targets of employment discrimination, bullying and abuse with a time tested path to survival in a hostile workplace environment.

Overwhelming research shows severe stress at work causes mental and physical harm and the longer it continues, the worse the harm. Many victims suffer post-traumatic stress for years afterwards. Zen theory and meditation offer relief from debilitating stress and 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.


The American Bar Association called Ms. Barnes book groundbreaking book on age discrimination,  BETRAYED: THE LEGALIZATION OF AGE DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE, a “must read for everyone over 40.”

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.  Fifty 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. Today, even workers in their 30s experience age discrimination in some industries, such as the high tech industry in Silicon Valley.

OVERCOMING AGE DISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT: AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE FOR WORKERS, ADVOCATES & EMPLOYERS   will help employers avoid costly litigation, risk, and to retain high-quality workers. Older workers will learn to recognize, confront and overcome age discrimination.

Ms. Barnes also wrote two books for Congressional Quarterly Press that are held in libraries around the world:  CQ’s Desk Reference on American Criminal Justice and CQ’s Desk Reference on the American Courts ;  and, edited a three volume series of books, Domestic Violence: From a Private Matter to a Federal Offense.

She is a senior contributor to Forbes.com, a past contributor to The ABA Journal, and  has written articles for many national publications, including Salon, Newsweek and The National Law Journal.

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For something completely different, read Ms. Barnes  book on book dedications called Tender, Tawdry & Timeless Book Dedications (2015).


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