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I have a situation with the Teacher's Retirement System of

I have a situation with the Teacher's Retirement System of GA and have had no luck in getting an attorney to listen to me long enough to understand fully my situation. I am running out of time to do anything. Do lawyers ever simply allow you to pay them to evaluate (truly evaluate and consider) your case? I need to speak with an attorney who is in GA, knows the law, and can provide the name of an attorney who will give me the time to fully state my problem.This situation has devastated me financially and caused me to have to support my sister as she has multiple medical problems. This issue caused her to lose her Medicaid coverage which has been very costly for me.

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I have been on disability years from a work injury. I have a

I have been on disability for 14 years from a work injury. I have a pension benefit from that company when I retire. I am 53. Can I draw my retirement early since I am declared disabled by the state? A coworker told me I should have been drawing retirement this whole time.

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I have $49,000 in a pension. It was a union job, i worked at

I have $49,000 in a pension. It was a union job, i worked at same place twice and vested both tines. It was an employer match contribution pension. I havent worked there for 11 years. I am unemployed at the moment with some debt built up. The trust fubd told me they have no early cash out options period. Im 47. What if any early cash out ootions do i have?

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Numerous mistakes were made by the West Springfield

Numerous mistakes were made by the West Springfield Massachusetts Retirement Board reference calculation of my retirement and buy back. As a result my calculated pension will be greatly reduce upon my retirement. I have documents including a settlement offer from the board that was recently with drawn.

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I was employed with this particular company 2.5 years.

I was employed with this particular company for about 2.5 years. During this time, the company gave quarterly bonuses based on the performance of the stock market. These bonuses were split in two parts, an amount by check given to employees and the larger amount was deposited into a 401K in the employees name. I resigned my position on 4/1/2013, moving on to greener pastures. In the summer of 2014 the company took back the amount I had accumulated through bonuses saying that I was not entitled to it - about $11K - because I was not contributing to the company sponsored 401K plan. I did not have a choice in how to recieve the bonuses and I was never told that I could lose the amount in the 401K if I did not participate in the 401K plan.Also, I resigned in writting give 2 weeks notice on 4/1/2013. However, on 4/5/2015 I was called into the HR Director's office (Steve Flax) and informed that this was my last day. They did not pay me for the 2nd week that I had given notice for. Do I have a case?

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I worked Lighting years. The first 15 years was Sylvania as

I worked for Sylvania Lighting for 37 years. The first 15 years was for GTE Sylvania as a salaried employee. I left the company for a period of two years. When I returned to Sylvania it was merging with Osram. One benefit of working for GTE Sylvania is that you could draw your pension in lump sum. Once the companies merged I was now hourly. I have been told by the benefits/HR department that I can not draw my GTE portion of my pension in a lump sum and all salary benefit is were lost. Which means I got a reduced pension. I was told that I have lost all my salary benefits. Now my pension is at a reduced rate as I was hourly at the time of the merger. Could you explain what gives them the right to take away my vested pension? I would like to pursue in court if necessary. Please guide and help me if you can with the proper steps to take. If they had told me that I lost all my salaried pension I would not have gone back to the company because this represents over a quarter of a million dollars. According to them my pension is worth $1.2 million and at the rate of disbursement it will take 78 years to receive benefits. Something doesn't seem right. I call and they do not return my calls now. Also I am disabled and they said that the disability pension was the same as the regular pension. Any help is appreciated. Mike Auclair

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I am a retired fire fighter who did so as a dialysis patient

I am a retired fire fighter who did so as a dialysis patient with acute kidney failure in the state of Ohio. The year was 2009. It was determined that my kidneys were damaged by preexisting health issues. However, I have learned that the nature of my work duties exposed me to unusually high levels of chemicals that specifically target the kidneys and renal system. More specifically, I was the primary underground storage tanks inspector for the city of Youngstown for many years which exposed me to diesel and gasoline vapors consistently during that time frame. The Ohio Police and Fire Fighter Pension Fund does not seem willing to reevaluate my case because I had accepted the terms of their determination at that time. Having more recent scientific research and documentation I am wondering if I have some legal inroads to a new outcome. The current pension that I receive is considerably less than a work-related pension and is taxable. Furthermore, I would like to know if I am able to appeal with a retroactive reimbursement should my case be favorably settled. Thank you for your assistance. Hubert

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According to the Illinois State University System (SURS) under

According to the Illinois State University System (SURS) under the recent pension reform the return to work law penalizes an institution if an annuitant makes more than 40% of their pension benefit.If a surs covered institution refuses to hire a retiree is there any violation of the equal employment law. I am 66 years of age with 32 years of teaching experience.I have a good employment record. I am one of at least 15 that were refused to be given any courses to teach as adjunct faculty, same as some security and other professional staff.

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In 2013, my then employer did a feasibility study to see how

In 2013, my then employer did a feasibility study to see how many employees would be eligible for an early retirement through a buyout package. The study revealed 900+ would be eligible. The company decided not to offer anything at that time and told the workforce they would revisit the issue in 2014. Understanding the word "revisit" does not mean a guarantee that a buyout will happen in the following year. At the end January 2014, 60 employees decided to retire by natural means per the pension policy. 3 months later the company informed employees of an early buyout opportunity that eligible employees could sign up for beginning in June of this year. From the end of February 1 up to June 1 several other employees had notified the company of their upcoming retirement. 90 days notification is the customary standard. A senior executive of the company contacted many of those employees and asked them to withdraw their retirement notification so that they could apply for the buyout offer, and most of them did. I guess my question is, is there an ethics violation somewhere and if so, what can those of us that retired in January do about it legally? I've been told that pension laws state that if a buyout is offered to some employees that are eligible to retire that it must be offered to all employees, including those that have already retired within the same year. Is this correct? Thank you.

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