Under the Equality Act 2010, no individual should be discriminated against in service provision, employment or education because of the following:
- gender reassignment,
- marital status,
- religion/belief, or
- sex or sexual orientation.
Further to this, a carer cannot be discriminated against on the basis of their association with a disabled person.
An example of this might be if you were refused entry to a pub because the person with you is disabled: both the person you care for (with the disability) and you (the carer) would potentially have been discriminated against. Another example might be if you were verbally abused by a shop assistant about your son’s mental health condition.
For further information, read Equality Act 2010: What do I need to know as a carer? available on Gov.uk.
Please note that the Equality Act 2010 does not apply to Northern Ireland.