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Is Your Job at Risk because You've Gone Through Bankruptcy?

Many people who have filed for and gone through the process of declaring bankruptcy fear they jobs might be at stake. However, it is unlikely that if you have gone through bankruptcy that your boss will even find out about it.

The only time they would know that you have experienced bankruptcy is if you needed a security clearance or your employer ran a credit check on you. Even so, in most cases when an employer does find out about an employee's bankruptcy they will support them in the decision to declare bankruptcy. 

Declaring bankruptcy can be a relief in many ways. You won't be constantly worrying about finances and you can redirect your focus back toward your job. Also creditors will cease calls to the office, ending them hassling you for collection fees. Finally your boss won't have to go through the trouble of setting up wage garnishments, making them see your finances less of a burden to them personally.

Even with the small inconveniences that going through a bankruptcy has on your job: time off work due to court hearings, paycheck deductions, etc., an employer cannot punish you for those reasons. Due to section 525 of the bankruptcy code, it would be considered discriminatory if an employer were to fire someone solely because they were going through bankruptcy.

Employers want their employees to be productive and hardworking when on the job; in some cases when an employee is facing bankruptcy, employers are willing to cover the attorney fees so that they can help their employees get back to focusing on work, and not worrying about affording attorney bills and paying off accumulated debt.

In order to get back to work in a timely manner when going through a bankruptcy, it is important to seek out a bankruptcy attorney that is experienced in your case. You want an attorney that cares about your situation and is willing to work with you, helping you to get on track to maintaining a debt fee life.

Works Cited

Ryan, Paula Langguth. Bounce Back from Bankruptcy: A Step-by-step Guide to Getting Back on Your Financial Feet. Tracys Landing, MD: Pellingham Casper Communications, 1998. Print.

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