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I worked for union pacific railroad and was forced to retire

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I worked for union pacific railroad and was forced to retire because of an injury 2001 . I have been told by social security that I have a Union Pacific offered 401k that I have some money available to me. I have tried contacting them numerous times without success. I would be very grateful for any assistance you can be
JA: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: california
JA: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?
Customer: It was union
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: yes, I was told that I have a payout coming of around $12,000 and can't get any other info from the person handling things for the railroad
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: California Employment Law
Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 month ago.


Thank you for your post. If you have not already done so, you will want to go to the following link that gives you information on how to apply for your distribution from the UP Retirement Plan and also has a link to the Guide for the Plan:

If, for some reason, after you have followed the instructions for filing for your distribution, you do not receive it then, at that point, you can file a complaint with the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), which is the U.S. DOL division that enforces ERISA, the retirement plan federal law which controls this issue.

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Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 month ago.

Hello again,

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