Welcome to Injustice At Work

Injustice seems to be everywhere these days but, in my opinion, it is most galling when it involves the court system, which exists to dispense justice.

I have been an attorney and legal journalist for many years and I know how the system works and doesn’t work.

I have written several legal books on discrimination and harassment at work, two books on the court system for CQ Press, and I’ve written for numerous national publications, including Forbes, The ABA Journal and The National Law Journal.

It is my observation that injustice is built into the American workplace and often sanctioned by the court system, which at this point is out of reach to almost all Americans.

Injustice at work includes systemic abuse by bad employers, discrimination and harassment by supervisors, and mobbing by co-workers.

I also make frequent detours into the wider world of abuse of power, particularly when it involves age and sex discrimination.

InjusticeAtWork.com will be particularly useful for people associated with the federal and state court systems, corporations and business, labor organizations, the media, etc.

InjusticeAtWork is the outgrowth of two blogs, When the Abuser Goes to Work and Age Discrimination in Employment.

I began When the Abuser Goes to Work as a public service in 2011. I edited a three-volume series on domestic violence law in the 1990s. Thereafter, I began to notice that bad managers use essentially the same power and control techniques employed by DV abusers. I discovered the U.S. is far behind other industrialized countries in protecting workers from emotional abuse, which is now recognized as a form of workplace violence. I like to think my work made a difference but there’s a long way to go.

I created the second blog, Age Discrimination in Employment, out of sheer exasperation about the legal second-class legal status of older workers in the U.S.. Congress legalized age discrimination when it passed the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 and, since then, the U.S. Supreme Court has made the problem much, much worse.

I have been widely quoted by The New York Times, Bloomberg, VOX, CNBC, AARP, Society for Human Resource Management, Businessweek, Fast Company, Bustle, etc.

At some point, I was writing two blogs, dealing with technical break-downs, security threats, social media suppression, constant expenditures, and battling to keep really gross Google ear wax ads off my sites. InjusticeAtWork.com provides a welcome respite. Let’s see how Substack handles the stuff behind the curtain!

The Society for Human Resource Management called me a “nationally known expert on employment discrimination and workplace abuse.”

My books include:

More recently, I was a senior contributor to Forbes.com. I formerly worked as a regular contributor to The ABA Journal. I began my career as a journalist for daily newspapers, including The Hartford Courant.

Please support my work by recommending InjusticeAtWork to others and, if possible, subscribing. A monthly membership is basically the cost of a grande latte at Starbucks with an extra shot of expresso.


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Patricia G. Barnes, J.D.
Attorney, former judge, author, legal journalist, and nationally-recognized expert on workplace abuse and discrimination.