California Employment Law
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I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but although CA state employers have good pension plans, you must work a minimum of 10. 15 or 20 years on the job before you would be entitled to a pension payout upon retirement (early or otherwise). Contact the pension plan again and ask them the minimum number of years that you had to work in order to be paid a pension on retirement. It will be at least 10 years and most likely it will be 20 years.