Nevada Sued by Justice Department Over Alleged Servicemember Pension Overcharges

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — The U.S. Justice Department is taking legal action against the state of Nevada for allegedly charging military servicemembers excessive amounts for their pension contributions.

According to the federal complaint, the Public Employees Retirement System of Nevada (NVPERS) is accused of overcharging reemployed military servicemembers when calculating their pension plan contributions. This violated the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act of 1994, which requires employers to restore returning servicemembers’ pension benefits as if they had not been called away to military service.

One specific case mentioned in the complaint is that of Major Charles Lehman, who was called to active duty with the Nevada National Guard while employed with the Nevada Attorney General’s office. It was alleged that when he returned to his job, NVPERS overcharged him by more than $38,000 for his pension credits.

The lawsuit filed by the Justice Department specifically targets the state of Nevada, the Nevada Attorney General’s Office, and NVPERS. The federal attorneys are seeking policy changes as well as refunds for any individuals who were overcharged.

A spokesperson for the Nevada Attorney General’s office stated that they cannot comment on the pending litigation, but emphasized the importance of creating an environment of appreciation for staff members who have bravely served or are currently serving in the military.

The Justice Department’s legal action sheds light on the challenges faced by servicemembers when it comes to pension plan contributions and highlights the need for adherence to federal laws protecting the rights of those who serve in the military.

This legal battle between the federal government and the state of Nevada brings attention to the complexities of pension regulations and the impact they have on reemployed servicemembers across the country. The outcome of this lawsuit could potentially set a precedent for how similar cases are handled in the future.