Job Discrimination and Your Finances
It is bad enough to be caught in a devastating financial situation. However, to suffer a loss of employment on top of this insolvency can make matters much worse. Fortunately, employers are not allowed to fire you based on your current financial state. Doing so is considered to be a form of job discrimination, and it is explicitly prohibited by law. Neither private nor governmental agencies may engage in job discrimination.
Employers often perform a number of checks on those seeking work with them. Often, these are limited to criminal background checks, although in more recent times, companies have been performing credit report checks as well. While businesses may cite other reasons for refusing to hire you, you should make sure that they do not deny you employment based solely on your past financial history. If you believe that a company has done this to you, then you have the right to take legal action.
Employers are also prohibited from terminating an employee because he or she was a debtor or filed for bankruptcy. Section 525 of the U.S. Bankruptcy code explicitly prohibits private employers from firing an employee due to his or her history with debt, bankruptcy, or insolvency. Governmental agencies, too, are not allowed to fire an employee based on these reasons.
If you have been a victim of job discrimination after filing for bankruptcy, you should be able to take legal action against the employer at fault. Contact the Birmingham bankruptcy lawyers of Greenway Bankruptcy Law, LLC by calling (205) 324-4000 to learn more today.