Welcome to Injustice At Work

Injustice is built into the American workplace, affecting tens of millions of workers.

To make matters worse, it is often sanctioned by the court system, which, in any case, is effectively out of reach to almost all Americans.

I write about workplace abuse, with a focus on age and sex discrimination, and societal trends that impact the workplace.

I am an attorney, author, legal journalist and former judge.

I wrote two books on the court system for CQ Press, several legal books on workplace discrimination and harassment, and I’ve written for many national publications, including Forbes, Slate, The ABA Journal and The National Law Journal.

InjusticeAtWork.com will be particularly useful to people in the legal system, corporations and business, labor organizations, the media, etc.

But we all have a stake in how justice is dispensed in America.

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

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

My books include:

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

I became interested in the topic of workplace abuse after I edited a three-volume series of books on domestic violence law in the 1990s. I began to notice that some managers use power and control techniques employed by DV abusers. I then discovered the U.S. is far behind other industrialized countries in protecting workers from emotional abuse, which now a recognized form of workplace violence.

My blog, When the Abuser Goes to Work, began as a public service in 2011.

Age Discrimination in Employment began out of sheer exasperation about the second-class legal status of older workers in the U.S.. The U.S. Congress legalized age discrimination when it passed the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. Since then, the U.S. Supreme Court has made the problem much, much worse. Federal judges who have lifetime tenure routinely dismiss age discrimination cases that would result in employer liability under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on race, sex, gender, religion and national origin.

By 2022, I was writing two blogs, dealing with technical break-downs, security threats, social media suppression, constant expenditures, and battling to keep unappetizing Google ear wax ads off my sites. It was at that point that I created InjusticeAtWork.com and discontinued the blogs.

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I am an attorney, author and former judge. I'm a recognized expert on workplace discrimination, harassment and the American court system. I've been quoted by numerous publications from The New York Times to Bloomberg.


Patricia G. Barnes, J.D.

Attorney, author, legal journalist, former judge, and nationally-recognized expert on workplace abuse and discrimination.