Appraisals, promotion and training

Employers should not discriminate against any of their employees on grounds of their race, gender, disability, age, religion or belief, or sexual orientation when carrying out appraisals, assessing staff for promotion, or providing training and personal development.


Many employers carry out appraisals to let workers know their strengths and weaknesses, and they should apply the same standards to everyone in this process regardless of their race, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.

For example, an employer should not use phrases such as ‘does well considering his age’ when writing a performance assessment. Ignoring shortfalls in performance because an employee is nearing retirement may be discriminatory – particularly if the same shortfalls are addressed in younger employees. For further advice, see the Age Positive publications reproduced on our site.

Training and promotion

All staff should know about promotion and training opportunities and these opportunities should be open to everyone on a fair and equal basis.

If you feel you have been refused promotion or not offered training because of your race, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability, you may have grounds for a discrimination case.

Last Updated: 24 Jun 2009