Under the Equality Act 2010, discrimination against an individual because of an association with another individual who has a protected characteristic can be unlawful. This means, if you’re treated less favourably than someone else because you’re caring for an elderly or disabled person, it is called Discrimination by Association.
Examples of Discrimination by association are: An employer refuses to offer you a job because of your caring responsibilities
- Treats you less favourably because of your caring responsibilities
You are also protected outside work from acts of Discrimination by Association such as:
- Being discouraged from using a service because you care for someone who is disabled
- Finding it impossible to use a facility because you look after someone who is disabled
- Being given a worse service than someone else who isn’t caring for a disabled person.
For more information on discrimination and rights, please visit Carers UK https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/work-and-career/other-rights-at-work/discrimination-under-the-equality-act-2010
If you feel that you are being discriminated against because of your caring responsibilities, you can contact ACAS 0300 123 1100, visit your local Citizens Advice branch or contact your union if you are a union member.