Ann Kiernan replies:

Federal law (11 U.S.C. §525) prohibits both public and private employers from firing or discriminating against an employee because of a bankruptcy filing. Most of the cases under this statute deal with terminations or transfers. Even though I could not find any cases on point, I think you could certainly make an argument that publicizing your financial problems simply because you filed for bankruptcy violates the spirit—if not the letter—of the law.

Good luck.

Posted 02-14-2017

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