This is a real fear. After all, what is the point of filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy and Chapter 13 bankruptcy if you cannot find a new job, or can never get a raise or promotion after filing? What kind of a fresh start is that? Not much of one.
That is why the U.S. Code protects people who have filed bankruptcies from employment discrimination. (11 U.S.C. § 525(b)). The law states, “No private employer may terminate the employment of, or discriminate with respect to employment against, an individual who is or has...” filed bankruptcy. Even though the law provides for very strong protection, there are some exceptions to this rule. To be sure, contact an attorney at Croke & Croke, S.C. to discuss your situation.
This doesn't mean that it is clear sailing in the job hunt after filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Be prepared to discuss your bankruptcy filing with an employer. They want to know what happened and how that will effect your future employment. Employers are people too: they understand that sometimes people need to file bankruptcy. Most importantly, do not try to hide the filing of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy of Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Failing to disclose a bankruptcy is always grounds to fire.
Originally poster 4/21/15