Barbara Bryant

Barbara Bryant has specialized in sexual harassment law for 30 years, as a litigator, speaker, author, workplace investigator, discovery referee and mediator. She has taught Sexual Harassment Law at UC Berkeley School of Law since 1989.

As a litigator, Bryant represented class members in sex and race employment discrimination class actions, and individuals in all types of discrimination cases in employment, housing and educational settings. Prior to that, she was a Legal Services attorney representing clients in public benefits and domestic violence matters, and a federal law clerk for the Honorable Marilyn Hall Patel, in the United States District Court, Northern District of California.

Bryant has written extensively on sexual harassment, discrimination and wrongful termination issues. Among other publications, she is lead author of the CEB Action Guide, Bringing and Defending a Sexual Harassment Action, author of the “Sexual Harassment” chapter in CEB’s Wrongful Termination Employment Practice, and has been a consulting editor for CEB’s Action Guides on Wrongful Termination. Bryant has been a mediation coach for the training programs of the California Court of Appeals First and Third Districts’ Appellate Mediation Programs, and for Stanford Law School. In addition to extensive public speaking on issues of discrimination and sexual harassment, both locally and nationally, Bryant has spoken on comparative and international sexual harassment law to legal, academic and activist groups in India.

Bryant is on the law school’s Advisory Council for the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice. She has been an executive board member of California Women Lawyers; Alameda County Bar Association; Earl Warren Inn of Court; Alameda Contra Costa Trial Lawyers; the Bar Association of San Francisco, Labor and Employment Law Section; and the Administrative Committee of the Alameda County Superior Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. She currently is a Board Member of Equal Rights Advocates.

Prior to law school, Bryant was a professional carpenter, and a pioneering activist in both the Women’s Movement and the Gay Movement of the 1970s and 80s.


B.A., UC Berkeley (1970)
M.S.W., California State Univ., Sacramento (1975)
J.D., Golden Gate Univ. School of Law (1980)