7th Circuit Upholds Pension Denial to Daughter of Employee who Died Three Days into Retirement

Linda Jones was a 37-year employee of Children's Hospital and Health System who passed away three days into her retirement from bladder cancer. As the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed, Jones's death came six days too soon for her daughter to receive benefits from her retirement pension. Though Jones had named her daughter, Kishunda, as the beneficiary of her pension, the plan stated that if the policyholder passed away before the distribution dates began, the benefits would be given to the plan holder's spouse. Learn why the 7th Circuit agreed here.