Explanation of “main carer” under family status ground

A main carer, or parent, of a person with a disability who needs ongoing care is covered by the family status ground which is one of the nine grounds protected under the Employment Equality Acts 1998-2015 (EEA).

Only main carers or parents who are living with a person for whom they are caring are covered by the EEA.

However, if you are being discriminated against in the workplace because you are known to be the main carer, or parent, of a person with a disability, but you do not live with them, this may be discrimination by association or discrimination by imputation.

Example An employer refuses a person promotion because they have a close relative with a mental health difficulty. The employer thinks that the worker will not be able to handle the stress of extra responsibilities.

Do you think that this kind of discrimination has happened to you?