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Carers discrimination

What is carers discrimination?

Carers discrimination is against the law and is when you have been treated unfairly because of your responsibilities as a carer.

The law protects people who support or care for:

  • their child (including a step-child, adopted child or foster child)
  • a child or adult for whom they are a guardian
  • a family member.

Indirect discrimination is also against the law. This is when there is a rule or requirement that is the same for everyone but unfairly affects people who have responsibilities as a carer. 

In what areas is carers discrimination against the law?

Carers discrimination is against the law in certain public places, including:

  • employment, such as when you apply for a job or while you are at work
  • employment agencies, such as when you use recruitment companies
  • industrial organisations, such as unions
  • qualifying bodies.

What can I do if I experience carers discrimination?

If you are unsure if you have experienced discrimination or if you need more information, you can contact our enquiry service.

If you feel you have been discriminated against, you can try speaking to the person or organisation directly to express how you feel if you are comfortable to do so. If this isn’t appropriate, you can contact us to make a complaint of discrimination.

If you are treated unfairly because you have made a complaint of discrimination or because you have provided evidence or information about a complaint, this is known as victimisation and is also against the law.

Do you have a question about discrimination? 

Contact our enquiry service.