Q & A Session – Pension and Unemployment


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


I heard that a retiree can get a pension and unemployment because of a hostile work environment. I had to retire after 29 years as I have had horrible nightmares every night and still do about the job. My pension is not enough to live on, as I now pay for medical insurance and other expenses. Should I apply for unemployment? I would have kept working but it was unbearable and got worse every day.


Normally, someone who retires with a pension cannot also receive unemployment.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.

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About Author

Debra Roth

Debra L. Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth, a federal employment law firm in Washington, D.C. She is general counsel to the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association, host of the “FEDtalk” program on Federal News Radio, and a regular contributor to Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive” morning show. Email your legal questions to lawyer@federaltimes.com.

1 Comment

  1. This is a sad case of bullies at the job.

    Working for our governmen should be pleasant and should be a team effort to serve our citizens.

    The retirement has ham you financialy just becuase you probably had a bully supervisor or coworkers who enjoy doing this to you.

    Unfortunatly you can not get both retirement and un employment. try to get help or a part time job if you can to suplement your income.

    Good Luck.


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