Can I be denied employment or fired solely because I filed for bankruptcy?

The answer is a resounding “NO!” for both public and private employment. You are fully protected from discrimination for filing for bankruptcy under 11 U.S. Code § 525 (“Protection against discriminatory treatment”), with subdivision (a) applying to governmental units and subdivision (b) applying to private employers.


CAVEAT: The operative word here is “SOLELY.” Meaning, if your employer has legitimate reasons to fire you (ignoring the bankruptcy issue) or to refuse to hire you, the mere fact that you filed for bankruptcy will not protect you.


Disclaimer: The Law Offices of Michael E. Zapin is a debt relief agency and we help our clients file for bankruptcy relief.

The materials and discussions on this website are for informational purposes only and not intended to be legal advice to you. Most of the information on this website is based on Florida law. Laws are not static, they are fluid. Legislatures periodically change dollar values in laws relevant to bankruptcy. Though we strive to remain current on the law, always check primary sources for the most recent values or developments.  Laws in your home state may vary. Contact a competent local professional for actual legal advice or ask us for a referral.