Help my mom not get screwed out of her pension
July 10, 2014 10:58 AM Subscribe
My mom worked for a county agency for over ten years. Now that she'd like to retire, she's noticed that random months of her pension's retirement credits are missing from the agency's records (for months she did in fact work) - these credits total almost a year of retirement.
The agency claims that the records from that long ago have been destroyed, and they can't help her show that she actually did work these months. What government agency could help her solve this problem so she doesn't get screwed out of her retirement? Is there anyone who keeps monthly records of employees' work hours?
posted by leitmotif to Work & Money (23 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
-She worked for an agency in King County in Washington State for 10 years
-She paid into the retirement system the entire time
-A friend of hers, who worked the same years with the same schedule, received full retirement for the months that she's missing (but he was shorted on other random months)
-The Service Credit History shows 1 retirement credit for most of the months she worked, but 8 months show 0 credits and 3 months were .5 credit (there is no pattern in the months that didn't receive credit - they are sprinkled throughout the time she worked there)
-She did not take any unpaid time off (and in fact this agency doesn't allow employees to take unpaid time off)
Things she's tried:
-Calling the agency repeatedly and asked different people for help finding the records of her employment
-Calling the Social Security office - they only have how much she made per year, and since it's not broken down by month it doesn't help prove she worked those months
-Went and met with a representative from the state's Department of Retirement Systems - he was't helpful
1. Are there other government agencies that could help her solve this problem?*
2. Is there any entity (besides the employer) that keeps records of employees monthly pay or work hours?
3. Anything else she can try?
*She won't get a lawyer (for reasons that are too long to get into) - if it comes to that she'll probably just forgo a year of retirement. :(