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Will Filing For Bankruptcy Affect My Job?


Bankruptcy provides a fresh start and great financial relief for people that are drowning in debt. Although the law provides this legal option for getting back on your feet financially, it is important to know that not everyone may be supportive of your decision, including your employer. It is not uncommon for people to find themselves a victim of employment discrimination after filing for bankruptcy and if it happens to you, it is important to know what to do.

Employment Discrimination is Illegal

There are a number of different forms of employment discrimination that are illegal, and bankruptcy is among them. Federal law prohibits your employer from taking negative actions towards you based solely on the fact that you previously filed for bankruptcy, or you are going to file for bankruptcy. The law is intended to protect employees of private and public employers from having to choose between their job and seeking the financial relief they need.

Even when you understand that employment discrimination based on bankruptcy is illegal, it is not always easy to detect. There are some common acts that are generally considered discriminatory and they are as follows:

  • Terminating an employee
  • Reducing an employee’s pay
  • Making promotions available to everyone but a certain employee, or group of employees with similar traits
  • Denying certain employees benefits
  • Creating a work environment that was abusive

If you believe your employer has discriminated against you based on the grounds that you have filed for bankruptcy, it is critical to speak to a bankruptcy lawyer that is familiar with the bankruptcy code.

Do Not Wait to File Bankruptcy Because of Your Job

People are so concerned about being discriminated against at their job after they file bankruptcy that many people consider putting the process off. Unfortunately, this is a mistake. If you are worried that your employer will find out about your financial situation if you file bankruptcy, there is a good chance they will learn about it anyway. Creditors may call your employer if they are trying to seek a judgment against you to garnish your wages.

Additionally, if you wait to file bankruptcy, you will incur more debt, interest, and late fees, which will only worsen your financial situation. When you do ultimately file bankruptcy, you may then forfeit more of your assets in order to repay the debt to your creditors.

Our Bankruptcy Lawyer in Orlando Can Answer Your Questions

Filing for bankruptcy does bring great financial relief to those that need it the most but before, during, and after the process you will likely have many questions and concerns. At Anderson & Ferrin, P.A., our Orlando bankruptcy lawyer will answer all of your questions, advise you of your rights, and ensure they are upheld at all times. If you believe bankruptcy is the right option for you, call us today at 407-412-7041 or fill out our online form to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our skilled attorneys.

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