According to Attorney Craig Andresen at bankruptcylawnetwork.com a Pennsylvania District court has ruled that a private employer MAY refuse to hire a job applicant solely because the applicant filed for bankruptcy in the past. See Rea v. Federated Investors, 2010 WL 370334 (W.D.Penn. Jan. 29, 2010)
The Court’s language…” while section 525(b) does indeed prevent employers from discriminating against current employees based upon a bankruptcy filing, the unique wording of this section allows bankruptcy discrimination in the hiring process.”
You can read Mr. Andresen’s article here.