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.

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Disclaimer: The Law Offices of Michael E. Zapin is a debt relief agency and we help our clients file for bankruptcy relief. The information on this website is for educational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice.
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