Friday, March 18, 2011

Age 62 Retirement

Marilyn from Alabama.
My husband was diagnosed with COPD in 2009. He works as a multi drop driver for a stationary company. He has lost time from work with infections and is finding the lifting harder. They have given him lighter duties but are now looking into getting rid of him as he is 62. Will he be entitled to any benefits and can they terminate his employment.

Answer: Your husband will be entitled to a reduced retirement benefit when he applies. If his medical condition prevents him from working he could possibly be eligible for Social Security disability, which is an unreduced benefit. If he stops working he should definitely apply for both benefits. Whether the company can terminate him is an area of state law but if they fire him for age, that would be age discrimination in violation of a federal statute. If that occurs you should consult with a local attorney.

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