Will I Lose My Job If I File for Bankruptcy?

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Many people who are considering bankruptcy worry about the effect it might have on their jobs. These worries are unfounded, however. Whether you work for the government or a private employer, you may not be fired, disciplined, or otherwise discriminated against on the job simply because you have filed for bankruptcy. 

Applicants for government jobs are also protected from discrimination based on bankruptcy. In other words, the government may not refuse to hire you because you have filed for bankruptcy. This protection doesn't extent to private employment, however. Although private employers may not discriminate against current employees because of a bankruptcy filing, they are free to refuse to hire applicants solely because they have filed for bankruptcy. 

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