I live in California and worked for the State of California for approximately 20 years.
I was placed on disability in November 2007 and received full social security disability benefits in June 2009.
When I was placed on disability, I applied for disability retirement from Calpers and currently receive service retirement benefits. CalPERS is fighting me about my entitlement to receive disability retirment.
Upon recommendation of its legal staff, the CalPERS Board of Administration eventually denied my disabiilty retirement application. I filed an Application for a Writ of Mandate (...keeping in mind that I really don't know what I am doing and unfortunately have no monies for legal representation). CalPERS has now filed a Motion to Strike and the hearing is set for January 19, 2011. I assume I need to file a response and would appreciate any guidance in this matter. For example, if anyone knows of a website where I can review responses that other people may have filed who are in a similar situation (e.g., fighting with CalPERS for benefits that should be awarded).
Again, a federal ALJ had no problems issuing me full social security disability benefits and the federal standard is a much higher standard than the standard that one has to meet in order to receive CalPERS' disability benefits.