According to a recent article by AARP.org, more and more employees over the age of 50 are being bullied in the workplace. Taunts like “stupid old woman,” “too old to keep up,” and “You should just retire,” are being hurled at by bosses, co-workers and even customers.
Just how bad is it? A 2011 survey by CareerBuilder found that 29 percent of workers age 55 and older said they’d been bullied on the job, compared with 25 percent for the 35-44 group.
Think about your own behavior. When was the last time you complained about how slow someone "older" was when it came to helping you?
The AARP offers some tips of how you can fight back against workplace bullying:
Write it down. Keep track of what was said or done and who was present.
Do your homework. Research state and federal legal options.
Talk to an attorney. Look for internal company policies (for example, zero tolerance of harassment or violence) that may have been violated.
Compile numbers. Gather data about the economic impact that the bullying behavior has on the company.
Update your résumé. You may have to find a new job. It can’t hurt to start searching.
For more information on bullying in the workplace, check out the complete article by AARP: