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Old 03-26-2007, 12:47 PM
Spectre of Pithecanthropus Spectre of Pithecanthropus is offline
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Fired for cause after decades, and lose ALL your pension?

A common plot device in fiction is that somebody gets fired for cause, or threatened with firing. They're about 2 weeks from retirement but have committed some horrible mistake on the job or act of insubordination. Or maybe they have gotten arrested for some matter unrelated to their job. Anyway, the graver threat is that they will lose their pension, meaning that they'll be destitute and have to live out the remainder of their years on cabbage and potatoes.

Does this really happen, especially if the pension is vested? Has anyone in that situation ever successfully sued their former employer on the grounds that the pension was earned mostly during the first 39 years of acceptable service to the company?
 

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