My colleagues cover for the lazy new hire because he's someone's relative

DEAR DEIDRE: COLLEAGUES are constantly covering for a teenager at work because he’s related to someone at the company.

There’s a culture of hiring friends and relatives in my workplace.

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He’s 17 and I’m convinced he isn’t doing his fair share of the graft.

I don’t know whether to cut him some slack because he’s young – even though he seems lazy and does the bare minimum.

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I’m a 29-year-old woman and rush around trying to get things done while he is on his phone or chatting.

It is affecting my attitude towards work, which bothers me because I really like my job and want to keep it.

DEIDRE SAYS: Dealing with nepotism at work can be difficult and although it is arguably a form of discrimination, it is not deemed illegal.

Keep a note of any special treatment to build up a case if you decide to take it further.

Keep working hard so you prove yourself to be a model employee.

Be friendly and bond with him, to help reduce your frustration. If you succeed it will make it easier if you do need to talk to him about his behaviour.

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