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Surviving Bullies, Queen Bees & Psychopaths in the Workplace [Kindle Edition]

Patricia Barnes
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Book Description

Targets of bullying are not powerless. Lawsuits are filed everyday against employers who tolerate or encourage workplace bullying. This book helps employees understand the problem, evaluate their options and take constructive action. Workplace bullying costs American employers billions annually in needless turnover, higher medical costs and expensive lawsuits, Employers will learn the difference between tough and bullying management and how to respond effectively to bullying complaints. The author is a judge, attorney and expert in workplace bullying.

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About the Author

Patricia Barnes is a judge, attorney and expert in employment discrimination, harassment, abuse and bullying. She writes the syndicated employment law blog, When the Abuser Goes to Work, at She is also the author of Transcend Your Boss: Zen and the Difficult Workplace (2013), which provides a proven method of stress relief to cope with a difficult workplace. She has written about workplace abuse issues for several national legal publications.

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  • File Size: 429 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615642411
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085QBG5O
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Insightful!! June 1, 2012
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This book is must reading for anyone who is in the workplace today. Employees who are unlucky enough to work for a bullying supervisor or employer often are fired or forced to quit; they may face difficulty finding a new job in today's difficult economic climate. Today's difficult economic environment leaves employees more vulnerable than ever to bullying and abuse, particularly in states where they can be fired without cause. This book provides a roadmap to help workers and employers recognize bullying and respond effectively, both internally and, if that fails, in the legal system. It is lively and readable, and is chock full of fascinating cases and interesting anecdotes. The author shows that employers who ignore bullying do so at their peril. Even though there is no federal or state law against workplace bullying is at the heart of many different types of employment lawsuits that result in multimillion dollar verdicts. I have read several books on the problem of workplace bullying and abuse and Surviving Bullies, Queen Bees & Psychopaths in the Workplace is undoubtedly the best. I give it my highest recommendation.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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The title is somewhat misleading.

This book is written from an attorney's point-of-view and is more diagnostic in nature ... the author describes situations but does not provide realistic suggestions for how to deal with bullying on-the-job other than through legal actions or formal channels. It appears to be written from the perspective of someone who has not actually had the experiences the author describes or the experiences of working in a company and actually having dealt successfully with bullies.

Surface level data and facts are offered along with obvious examples, eg Leona Helmsley, but the book lacks practical and realistic ways to handle the day-to-day bully, especially if you want to keep your job.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fact-filled guide to action June 3, 2012
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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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource and a must read! December 30, 2012
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This book is a great resource and a must read!! Using real life examples and many relevant research articles Patricia provides crystal clear information about workplace bullying, and what targets and employers should do about it. Having read several books about workplace bullying and writing one myself, I can also say this is the only book I've ever read that provides a vast amount of easy-to-understand information about the legalities of bullying in the United States. Patricia discusses the potential future of anti-bullying laws and the current laws available to targets. She definitely filled a niche that was desperately needed - targets now have a starting baseline to jump from in deciding what path to take in ending their bullying (though of course should consult an attorney for legal advice). Thanks, Patricia, for such a strong addition to the library of workplace bullying books available.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough research, engaging writing style July 11, 2012
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"Workplace bullying is like a cancer in an organization...." writes Barnes who paints a startling picture--complete with unsettling statistics--of bullying behavior and its tragic effects on individuals and employers.

Barnes' guide provides assistance for victims of workplace bullying in many ways. While present legal options may be limited, Barnes book shows employees how to regain their self respect, how to approach their employers about bullying and what laws may be applicable. However, the book is also written for employers wishing to identify bullying behavior which can ruin an organization.

The strength of this book lies in the author's research and clear, engaging prose. Dozens of specific, real-world examples and court cases illustrate the intricacies of the problem of bullies (or psychopaths). Some of the cases are intriguing and involve well-known names such as Leona Helmsly and Bobbie Knight. Some cases are shocking and hard to forget. A hospital worker is intentionally stabbed with a needle; an office worker is raped.

The author also offers some encouraging notes along the way such as examples of successful anti-bullying programs in Europe and the fact that 20 U.S. state legislatures are considering anti-bullying legislation (although Barnes thinks it may take decades for many states to adopt such laws).

Here is an even-handed book that examines all aspects of a topic that's more complex than it might seem. It's designed to help employees and employers make informed decisions, and it delivers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Spot on!
Published 1 month ago by Mary Buck
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Reading!
List all I have at my workplace!
Published 2 months ago by Michael Wayne Aldredge
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding a Bully and Possible Legal Recourse
This is quite a hefty book -- not in size but rather content. Some of those legal cases will require stamina and perseverance on the part of the reader. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Josephine March
3.0 out of 5 stars Great legal information
Great book if you're looking at the legal aspect of bullies in the workplace. Lots of information here but very little on how to deal with them while working with them. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lepfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Fabulous resource!

This book has practical advice based on experiences of the author. She is a lawyer and a judge yet delivers the information easily.
Published 10 months ago by Deborah H. Eure
4.0 out of 5 stars Waiking towards the future by Frank
Patricia has done a wonderful job in gathering together case studies from around the country shedding light on one piece of a very diverse puzzle, bullying has entered every area... Read more
Published 13 months ago by frank
5.0 out of 5 stars Very important information.....
More HR Depts need to read these books and begin the changes that are needed!
It's been too long that these behaviors have been tolerated in the workplace!!!
Published 14 months ago by Diane J Zeller
4.0 out of 5 stars quick read and very helpful.
This book helped me understand my bully boss and how I can do something to stop it. Very quick read.
Published 14 months ago by Brandon Marcus
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful book!
This is not a book written by a self-help, feel-good, "warm-fuzzy" pop psychotherapist. This author delves into the subject of bullies in the workplace and offers sound... Read more
Published 15 months ago by SusanRIowa
5.0 out of 5 stars Not alone and what to do about it
When you are the victim of workplace bullying it can feel like you are living in a nightmare and that you are trapped. Read more
Published 16 months ago by pat fling
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More About the Author

Patricia G. Barnes is a judge, licensed attorney, and the author of the syndicated employment law blog, When the Abuser Goes to Work (

She has written two books on workplace bullying, discrimination and abuse, "Surviving Bullies, Queen Bees & Psychopaths in the Workplace" (2012) and "Transcend Your Boss: Zen and the Difficult Workplace" (2013).

Ms. Barnes had worked extensively in the area of domestic violence when she observed a connection between partner abuse and abuse in the workplace. Workplace bullying is a form of workplace violence that exists on the same spectrum as intimate partner abuse and child/elder abuse. These types of abuse all feature similar patterns and tactics. Abusers seek improper power and coercive control over a less powerful target.

Ms. Barnes also is the author of two books for CQ Press that are held in libraries around the work, CQ's Desk Reference on American Criminal Justice and CQ's Desk Reference on the American Courts. She edited a three-volume series of books for a scholarly publisher (Garland) called, Domestic Violence: From a Private Matter to a Federal Offense.


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