Many types of lawsuits stem from workplace bullying and abuse, including wrongful termination and discrimination claims. This book helps workers who are being bullied by the boss or their employer to understand the problem, evaluate their options and act effectively. Employers will learn the difference between tough and bullying management and how to avoid the potentially catastrophic risk that results from subjecting employees to a hostile workplace. The author is a judge, attorney and expert in workplace bullying.
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About the Author
Her most recent book is "Surviving Bullies, Queen Bees & Psychopaths in the Workplace."
Ms. Barnes became interested in workplace abuse and bullying issues after she moved across the country to begin a new job in 2007. When she reported to work, she learned there had been a management shakeup. Her new supervisor was someone whom she had never met who was 25 years younger, far less experienced, and as tightly wound as the elastic core of a golf ball.
In addition to the Surviving Bullies book, Ms. Barnes established a legal blog in 2010 called, "When the Abuser Goes to Work," on workplace abuse and bullying issues. See abusergoestowork.com.
Her expertise in both employment law and domestic violence law allowed Ms. Barnes to observe that workplace bullying is on the same continuum of violence as domestic violence and child/elder abuse. Abusers share a common goal of obtaining power and coercive control over a target and often use similar strategies and tactics.
Ms. Barnes also wrote two reference books for CQ Press of Washington, DC, on the American criminal justice and court systems, respectively. And she edited a three-volume series of books for Garland Publishing called, Domestic Violence: From a Private Matter to a Federal Offense.
She has written for many national legal publications, including Salon, The ABA Journal and the National Law Review. She also wrote two published law review articles.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Patricia Barnes book, SURVIVING BULLIES, QUEEN BEES & PSYCHOPATHS should be read by every legislator, journalist, victim, HR, Union, and others dealing with this issue. This book goes beyond narrowly focused agendas to educate the reader and raise the level of dialog on this topic to encourage a wide variety of solutions. For years I have been making documentaries about workplace bullying and that has given me the opportunity to talk to a variety of international experts. I quickly recognized that the U.S. is far behind in the effort to seek a deeper understanding of workplace bullying that goes beyond the media's "good guy vs bad guy" framing and simple - and often inadequate - solutions. As Barnes says at the end of her book: "The time is long, long overdue for the U.S. government to act to protect the workers who built and sustain this country from the unjust and needless carnage of workplace bullying." This book is an excellent resource that I highly recommend - Beverly Peterson, Filmmaker and educator
If you think you’re being bullied at work, read this book. It could help preserve your mental and physical health, your job, and maybe even your life. If you’re an employer, you’d better read it, too. Workplace abuse has a high cost in sick time, needless employee turnover (a toxic boss affects more than just the target), and litigation. Author Patricia Barnes explains the difference between normal workplace conflict and abuse, providing real life examples, including documented cases of workers driven to suicide; lists of bullying behaviors; and theories as to why some people bully and other people become targets. Then she provides a step-by-step guide to documenting the pattern of abuse and dealing with it, as well as an overview of applicable state and federal law. The author turns the spotlight that’s currently directed at school bullying to workplace bullying, and it is long overdue. As she points out, no workplace is perfect. “Most jobs are, at least some of the time, will be dispiriting and unfulfilling.” But no job should be soul-stomping. This book is highly recommended for its fact-filled, accessibly written, unemotional take on a little recognized social problem.