My employer will not promote me because I have elderly relatives and they are worried that I will have to take time off in the future to look after them. Is this unlawful age discrimination?

It may well be unlawful age discrimination to refuse to promote you because your association with your elderly relatives is causing your employer to treat you less favourably than it would other workers.

However, claims like this are complicated and it is a good idea to talk it through with your union rep if you have one, or by using the services of Acas, to find out whether the issue can be resolved, perhaps through in-work mediation, where a trained outsider attempts to broker a compromise between the two parties. In-work mediation is voluntary and confidential. Acas is the TUC’s preferred mediator. You can find out more about mediation on the Acas website.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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