If you're older than those around you, and especially if you're in work and over 40 or 50, chances are you'll eventually find yourself the target of age discrimination. With each reorganisation or restructuring, the probability that you'll be restructured and downsized will increase.
The majority (about 80%) of cases reported to the UK National Workplace Bullying Advice Line and Bully OnLine involve people over 40 and 50.
If the employer can bully out a person above age 40 or 50, the cost of redundancy can be avoided, and they can be replaced with two YECHies (Young Enthusiastic and CHeap) at less than the cost of your salary who will work insane hours, do anything they're asked, and not ask awkward questions like "why are you demanding I work hours which breach the European Working Time Directive and cause injury to health?"
Occasionally you might get bullied because you're "too young". This may happen when you join a group of older people whose comfort and security you unwittingly threaten with new ideas and new plans, especially if the group is entrenched. Established cliques may not appreciate a neophyte (new boy or girl) upsetting the status quo.
In 2001 by the Employers' Forum on Age titled Ageism: Too Costly to Ignore, revealed that the number of people between the ages of 50-64 who were not in work and not seeking work had increased by 125,000 in the last two years. The authors of the report estimate that the cost to the UK's GDP of these lost workers is around £31 billion.
Care4 has been created to help raise awareness internationally for the cause against Bullying and associated issues.