Retirees Sue NCR – Again

April 6, 2001 ( - Once again NCR finds itself under fire from retirees for benefit plan actions.

Two class-action complaints against NCR Corporation were filed last week by retirees claiming the company improperly reduced their pension benefits.

The first suit alleges that in 1998 NCR reduced health benefits promised to 750 hourly-paid employees in 1993 and seeks restored benefits and legal costs.

The second complaint concerns salaried workers who were promised enhanced pension benefits if the company were sold. After AT&T bought NCR in September 1991, the benefits were triggered for workers who were involuntarily terminated. Workers who were rehired found they were not properly credited with the enhanced benefits.

Last year, NCR was ordered to restore health benefits to as many as 3,400 retirees after losing a federal class action lawsuit brought by retirees who claimed NCR improperly curbed their health benefits.

The Minnesota Senior Foundation, which monitored the lawsuit, estimated that the ruling would cost NCR more than $20 million.