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Job applications whilst caring

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:49 pm
by Lizzie_1709
I've just applied and been interviewed for a job which would have been ideal to fit in with caring. I mentioned in passing that my partner (that I care for) is off work on long term sick and I didn't get the job, even though I have 11 years experience doing it. It may be a coincidence, but I have my doubts. Does anyone know what my rights are regarding this? Obviously if they had a better, more qualified candidate, then I'm more than happy to let it go and keep looking, but if I've been rejected purely because I'm the carer of my partner, then surely I have the right to appeal?

Any help or advice is greatly appreciated!

Re: Job applications whilst caring

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:16 pm
by Chris From The Gulag
In an imperfect world , how can one prove that an unsuccessful application for a job was PRIMARILY due to one being a carer ?

Could well be the case but .... how would you convince a third party of that , especially if that third party had the ability to take action on your behalf ?

If you go a Google ( Or any other search engine ) search .... DISCRIMINATION AGAINST JOB APPLICATIONS ... said search will reveal several sites wherein detailed guides are given should you wish to pursue this further.

Grey area ... all too common in carer affairs.

No doubt it goes on but ... proving it ???

It would be naive to suspect otherwise.

Re: Job applications whilst caring

Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:25 pm
by Anne001
Hi Lizzie,

The link below will provide useful information about your rights as a carer when in employment:

https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advic ... y-act-2010

However, in general terms, and I work in HR, I am afraid I agree with Chris that it will be impossible to prove as no company will admit to discrimination. Have you asked the company for any interview feedback they can provide? There is no harm in asking,

Good luck with the job search,
Anne

Re: Job applications whilst caring

Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:48 pm
by jenny lucas
Guess at least you now know what NOT to mention at an interview!!!!! Sad but true....

(There are definitely questions employers are NOT allowed to ask candidates, such as, I think 'Are you planning on starting a family soon?' that sort of thing. That said, bit tricky not to show your hand unless you 'lie'....if you are asked directly - silence rather argues that you ARE so planning, etc etc.)

Re: Job applications whilst caring

Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:19 pm
by Henrietta
I once worked in an office where there was a large recruitment drive and nearly all new female employees were in the 40 + category. I always felt they had a strong unspoken HR plan to avoid their staff taking maternity leave.

Re: Job applications whilst caring

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:23 pm
by jenny lucas
Let's hope they all went menopausal at the same time!!!!! That would serve them right....(ie, the employers, not the staff....)

Re: Job applications whilst caring

Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:58 am
by bowlingbun
Legally, it's unlawful to discriminate against someone because they are a carer, as it is "discrimination by association" (Google this plus "Coleman case", for more details. Proving it would be difficult!

Re: Job applications whilst caring

Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:51 am
by jenny lucas
Best to get the job first, and THEN mention the caring (if the need arises).....and then if they do discriminate against you, you have more clout re what BB says!

Re: Job applications whilst caring

Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:57 am
by Chris From The Gulag
Not disclosing certain facts during a job interview ... particularly those which could impact adversly on an employer ?

There again , if all carers seeking employment revealed their caring role , how many would be given a job ?

Be somewhat economical with the true state of affairs ?

One for the legal eagles out there !

Re: Job applications whilst caring

Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:05 am
by bowlingbun
No, they're legally not allowed to ask questions about this sort of issue actually, could lead to a discrimination claim.. (I did HR as part of a degree years ago. However, what they are supposed to do and actually do can be different).